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A wealthy visitor to a small town befriends a midget and gets involved with two women as his behaviour becoming ever stranger.


Paul de Lussanet


Knut Hamsun (novel), Paul de Lussanet




Complete credited cast:
Rutger Hauer ... Johan Nagel
Sylvia Kristel ... Dany Kielland
David Rappaport ... The Midget
Rita Tushingham ... Martha Gude
Andréa Ferréol ... Kamma
Kees Brusse ... Dr. Stenersen
Liesbeth List Liesbeth List ... Mrs. Stenersen
Fons Rademakers ... Chief Constable
Marina de Graaf Marina de Graaf ... Sara
Adrian Brine Adrian Brine ... Hotel Owner
Siem Vroom Siem Vroom ... Bailiff
Lex van Delden Lex van Delden ... Student
Vivien Heilbron Vivien Heilbron ... Frederikke (as Vivian Heilbron)
Peter Faber Peter Faber ... Karlsen


A wealthy visitor to a small town befriends a midget and gets involved with two women as his behaviour becoming ever stranger.

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30 November 2006 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a fascinating little film. It is based on a Knut Hamsun novel. It stars Rutger Hauer as an enigmatic agronomist who finds himself in a small town near the ocean. It has a truly European flavor. He is long on ambition and very lonely. He becomes a puzzle to the people in the town, despised by some. He befriends a midget, whom the locals actually call "Midget." He falls in love with a vain woman who rejects him and manipulates. He falls back on an older woman who lives in a hovel on the side of a hill. He seems desperate, but he is so darned weird and so full of mysteries that no one can really figure him out. He is obviously despairing of a previous life and can't seem to move ahead. He is very strong and self centered in some respects; yet, he is fragile and self destructive in others. The midget is his true friend and we find out that he has great sympathy for his plight (he is ill treated daily by the villagers), yet we find him, at times, almost as cruel as the townspeople. He becomes angry at the midget because he doesn't stand up for himself, yet he is totally closed up himself. The strength and the weakness of the film is our lack of concrete connection to the man. He is likable at times and so irrational at others. It's a film well worth watching. It was filmed on the Isle of Mann which adds to its mysterious nature.

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7 September 1978 (Netherlands) See more »

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Evil Mysteries See more »

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Isle of Man

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