joachimt's favorite movies from the Benelux (icmforum 2019)

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1. Glas (1958)

11 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary about Dutch glass production in the 50s.

Director: Bert Haanstra

Votes: 856

2. Mr. Nobody (2009)

R | 141 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

63 Metascore

A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham

Votes: 199,620 | Gross: $0.00M

3. The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Music, Romance

70 Metascore

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert Van Rampelberg

Votes: 36,750 | Gross: $0.18M

4. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

A woman living in a large country home drives her servants to mutiny with her outrageous demands as she waits for death to come for her.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Marlies Heuer, Gene Bervoets, Annet Malherbe, Eva van de Wijdeven

Votes: 1,882

5. Man Bites Dog (1992)

NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.

Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Nelly Pappaert, Hector Pappaert

Votes: 33,687 | Gross: $0.21M

6. Voyeur (I) (1986)

100 min | Comedy

A well-to-do, shut-in thirty-something faces city life, family secrets and his own quirks when he is finally thrown out by his parents.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Alex van Warmerdam, Henri Garcin, Olga Zuiderhoek, Annet Malherbe

Votes: 2,020

7. Mirror of Holland (1950)

10 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary about The Netherlands shown as a reflection in a puddle.

Director: Bert Haanstra

Votes: 256

8. The Northerners (1992)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

During the summer of 1960, the idiosyncratic residents of a one-street Dutch suburb collide in intertwining stories of desire and frustration.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Jack Wouterse, Annet Malherbe, Rudolf Lucieer, Loes Wouterson

Votes: 2,671

9. The Vanishing (1988)

Not Rated | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.

Director: George Sluizer | Stars: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus

Votes: 30,386

10. Borgman (2013)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

66 Metascore

A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Alex van Warmerdam

Votes: 14,780 | Gross: $0.06M

11. Ober (2006)

97 min | Comedy

A downtrodden waiter decides to take up matters with the screenwriter determined to make him suffer.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Alex van Warmerdam, Ariane Schluter, Jaap Spijkers, Mark Rietman

Votes: 2,751

12. Black Book (2006)

R | 145 min | Drama, Thriller, War

71 Metascore

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn

Votes: 68,926 | Gross: $4.40M

13. Zoo (1961)

10 min | Documentary, Short

Who is watching who in the zoo?

Director: Bert Haanstra

Votes: 442

14. The Giants (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Adventure, Drama

Brothers Seth and Zak, fifteen and thirteen & 3/4 years old, are spending the summer in their deceased grandfather's house, waiting in vain for their mother, who is otherwise busy, and ... See full summary »

Director: Bouli Lanners | Stars: Zacharie Chasseriaud, Martin Nissen, Paul Bartel, Karim Leklou

Votes: 1,655

15. The Assault (1986)

PG | 144 min | Drama, History, Romance

A Dutch doctor, haunted by grueling childhood memories of World War II, struggles to find peace as he spends his life looking for answers about the tragic night that shaped him.

Director: Fons Rademakers | Stars: Derek de Lint, Marc van Uchelen, Monique van de Ven, John Kraaykamp

Votes: 2,864 | Gross: $0.20M

16. Twin Sisters (2002)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance, War

Twin Sisters is an epic love story based on the Dutch bestseller by Tessa de Loo that has been read by more than 3.5 million readers in Holland and Germany.

Director: Ben Sombogaart | Stars: Ellen Vogel, Gudrun Okras, Thekla Reuten, Nadja Uhl

Votes: 6,193 | Gross: $0.00M

17. Fanfare (1958)

86 min | Comedy, Music

After a fight the brass band in a small village splits up into two separate bands. They both want to win a contest and will do anything to prevent the other band from winning it.

Director: Bert Haanstra | Stars: Hans Kaart, Bernard Droog, Ineke Brinkman, Wim Van den Heuvel

Votes: 708

18. Brimstone (2016)

R | 148 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

45 Metascore

From the moment the new reverend climbs the pulpit, Liz knows she and her family are in great danger.

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Emilia Jones, Carice van Houten

Votes: 31,213

19. Character (1997)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Jacob Katadreuffe lives mute with his mother, has no contact with his father who only works against him and wants to become a lawyer, at all costs.

Director: Mike van Diem | Stars: Pavlik Jansen op de Haar, Jan Decleir, Fedja van Huêt, Betty Schuurman

Votes: 9,991 | Gross: $0.71M

20. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Not Rated | 202 min | Drama

A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze

Votes: 5,900 | Gross: $0.02M

21. The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short (1966)

94 min | Drama

A schoolteacher (Miereveld or "field of ants") is entranced by one of his students (Fran). Not being able to have his love fulfilled he tries to escape it and moves house and job. Working ... See full summary »

Director: André Delvaux | Stars: Senne Rouffaer, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Hector Camerlynck, Hilde Uitterlinden

Votes: 695

22. De brug (1928)

15 min | Documentary, Short

Close shots of a railway train underway: track racing underneath, steam escaping, cars coupling, gears ratchetting, signals changing. The train reaches a lift bridge which must rise to ... See full summary »

Director: Joris Ivens

Votes: 383

23. New Earth (1933)

36 min | Documentary, Short

The film is a documentary portraying a struggle as man tries to subdue nature. To prevent flooding and for purposes of land reclamation, the people of the Netherlands struggle and succeed ... See full summary »

Director: Joris Ivens | Star: Joris Ivens

Votes: 203

24. Regen (1929)

12 min | Short, Documentary

Rain falls on a Dutch city.

Directors: Mannus Franken, Joris Ivens

Votes: 1,379

25. Kauwboy (2012)

81 min | Drama

A young boy and his father have a difficult relationship, but are trying to reach each other. They need a catalyst to make that happen.

Director: Boudewijn Koole | Stars: Rick Lens, Loek Peters, Cahit Ölmez, Susan Radder

Votes: 2,030

26. Son of Mine (2015)

102 min | Crime, Drama

In the impoverished southern Dutch province of Limburg, the bond between a former mine worker and his only son is put to the test as the latter takes it upon himself to pay his father's debts to a local gangster.

Director: Remy van Heugten | Stars: Johan Leysen, Nico de Vries, Ali Ben Horsting, Vincent van der Valk

Votes: 685

27. Wild Mussels (2000)

115 min | Drama

Three friends live an anguished existence in a small village by the sea. Al three want to break loss. Motorcycling, music and partying gives temporary satisfaction, but no solution.

Director: Erik de Bruyn | Stars: Fedja van Huêt, Frank Lammers, Frederik Brom, Will van Kralingen

Votes: 1,010

28. Philips-Radio (1931)

36 min | Documentary, Short

An industrial film which shows the operations inside the Philips Radio plant: In a mêlée of activity, glassblowers make delicate glass bulbs. Machinery assists the bulb manufacture. A ... See full summary »

Director: Joris Ivens

Votes: 217

29. Een vlucht regenwulpen (1981)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

Maarten, a bachelor living with his terminally ill mother, is haunted by a nightmare in which God tells him to lose his virginity or die within the week. He desperately tries to lose his ... See full summary »

Director: Ate de Jong | Stars: Jeroen Krabbé, Marijke Merckens, Henriëtte Tol, Claire Wauthion

Votes: 514

30. War Is Hell (1914)

50 min | Drama, War

An army pilot is on a visit at the home of another army pilot in the neighboured country. He falls in love with his sister. After the outbreak of a war between the two countries, her ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Machin | Stars: Baert, Suzanne Berni, Fernand Crommelynck, Nadia D'Angely

Votes: 109

31. Simon (2004)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

59 Metascore

A mild-mannered gay dentist and a hedonist womanizer rekindle their unlikely friendship when the latter's terminal cancer drives them back together after a decade apart.

Director: Eddy Terstall | Stars: Cees Geel, Marcel Hensema, Rifka Lodeizen, Nadja Hüpscher

Votes: 7,814 | Gross: $0.00M

32. Antonia's Line (1995)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

A Dutch matron establishes and, for several generations, oversees a close-knit, matriarchal community where feminism and liberalism thrive.

Director: Marleen Gorris | Stars: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Jan Decleir, Veerle van Overloop, Els Dottermans

Votes: 7,743 | Gross: $4.82M

33. Little Sister (1995)

91 min | Drama, Mystery

Martijn is obsessed with his younger sister Daantje and visits her to make a documentary about her. He manages to invade Daantje's life with his video camera, but soon unresolved issues from a distant past come to the surface.

Director: Robert Jan Westdijk | Stars: Kim van Kooten, Romijn Conen, Hugo Metsers, Bert Pot

Votes: 2,242

34. The Son (2002)

99 min | Drama, Mystery

86 Metascore

A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Olivier Gourmet, Morgan Marinne, Isabella Soupart, Nassim Hassaïni

Votes: 8,412 | Gross: $0.07M

35. Turkish Delight (1973)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance

A young love must struggle against an old problems.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Monique van de Ven, Rutger Hauer, Tonny Huurdeman, Wim van den Brink

Votes: 9,287

36. Leef! (2005)

110 min | Drama

Anna is a vital woman who is married and has two daughters. She picks up her old passion of writing again after frequent requests by a colleague and a friend, but she had not foreseen the consequences of family and friends reading her stories...

Directors: Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen, Jean van de Velde | Stars: Monic Hendrickx, Peter Blok, Sarah Jonker, Sophie van Winden

Votes: 750

37. Macbeth (1990 TV Short)

25 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

An adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play, this animated version looks at the life and death of the Scottish hero-turned-villain Macbeth.

Director: John Croezen | Stars: Herman Finkers, Wilfried Finkers, Jan Knollema, Keith Bisset

Votes: 77

38. Love Is All (2007)

110 min | Comedy, Romance

The bumpy love lives of four Amsterdam couples intersect during the days leading up to Dutch national holiday Sinterklaas.

Director: Joram Lürsen | Stars: Michiel Romeyn, Thomas Acda, Anneke Blok, Carice van Houten

Votes: 7,183

39. The Dark Room of Damocles (1963)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, War

The fainthearted cigar trader Ducker keeps himself quiet during World War II. That changes when parachutist Dorbeck lands in his backyard. It turns out the parachutist bears a remarkable ... See full summary »

Director: Fons Rademakers | Stars: Lex Schoorel, Nan Los, Van Doude, Guus Verstraete

Votes: 560

40. Any Way the Wind Blows (2003)

127 min | Comedy, Drama

Sort of a low-budget Short Cuts (1993), set in the Flemish port city of Antwerp on a warm day in June. Natalie, her brother Chouki, her boyfriend Walter and his ex Lara, the gallery keeper ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Barman | Stars: Frank Vercruyssen, Diane De Belder, Eric Kloeck, Natali Broods

Votes: 2,303

41. The Resistance Banker (2018)

TV-MA | 123 min | Biography, Drama, War

In Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, banker brothers Walraven and Gijs van Hall face their greatest challenge yet when they decide to help fund the Dutch resistance.

Director: Joram Lürsen | Stars: Jacob Derwig, Barry Atsma, Fockeline Ouwerkerk, Pierre Bokma

Votes: 5,441

42. It's All So Quiet (2013)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A middle aged farmer, living with his old and bedridden father, tries to find truth in life.

Director: Nanouk Leopold | Stars: Jeroen Willems, Henri Garcin, Wim Opbrouck, Martijn Lakemeier

Votes: 904 | Gross: $0.00M

43. Bride Flight (2008)

R | 130 min | Drama

60 Metascore

A romantic drama that charts the lives of three women from different backgrounds, forever changed when they emigrate to New Zealand as war brides.

Director: Ben Sombogaart | Stars: Karina Smulders, Anna Drijver, Elise Schaap, Pleuni Touw

Votes: 2,431 | Gross: $0.50M

44. Ciske the Rat (1984)

180 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A poor 11 year old schoolboy with a heart of gold grows up in 1930s Amsterdam.

Director: Guido Pieters | Stars: Danny de Munk, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Herman van Veen, Willem Nijholt

Votes: 2,451

45. Cloaca (2003 TV Movie)

108 min | Drama, Comedy

Four old college friends in their forties come together in a time of trouble and despair. Old joy relives, but the harsh reality of their problems can't satisfy them and eventually endangers their friendships.

Director: Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen | Stars: Peter Blok, Pierre Bokma, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Jaap Spijkers

Votes: 1,658

46. The Ardennes (2015)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama

47 Metascore

A brutal home-jacking by two brothers goes hopelessly wrong, and one of them goes to prison. Four years later, his brother tries to help him get his life back on track.

Director: Robin Pront | Stars: Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval, Veerle Baetens, Jan Bijvoet

Votes: 4,232 | Gross: $0.01M

47. The Misfortunates (2009)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

13-year-old Gunther Strobbe grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he's being prepared for the same hapless life. Can he defy his destiny?

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Kenneth Vanbaeden, Valentijn Dhaenens, Koen De Graeve, Wouter Hendrickx

Votes: 8,874

48. The Dress (1996)

103 min | Comedy, Drama

An artist, a school girl, a maid, a train conductor and a business executive are drawn into a great wheel of misfortune as all their lives are touched by the existence of one very particular summer dress.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Henri Garcin, Ingeborg Elzevier, Khaldoun Elmecky, Margo Dames

Votes: 1,708