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The Hes Case (1982)

De smaak van water (original title)
Hes, an uptight and disaffected social worker reaching retirement, discovers a young woman, Anna, in the closet of an acquaintance who has committed suicide. Realizing that she has been ... See full summary »

Director:

Orlow Seunke

Writers:

György Konrád (inspired by the book), Dirk Ayelt Kooiman | 2 more credits »
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4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Thoolen ... Hes
Dorijn Curvers Dorijn Curvers ... Anna
Joop Admiraal Joop Admiraal ... Schram
Hans van Tongeren Hans van Tongeren ... stagiaire
Olga Zuiderhoek Olga Zuiderhoek ... Hes' wife
Moniek Toebosch Moniek Toebosch ... prostitute
Standa Bares Standa Bares ... Neighbour
René Groothof René Groothof ... Man in Bar
Ab Abspoel Ab Abspoel ... Doorman
Jean-Pierre Plooij Jean-Pierre Plooij ... New Colleague
Bram van der Vlugt ... Hospital Director
Peer Mascini Peer Mascini ... Accompanist
Roelant Radier Roelant Radier ... Doctor
Elsje Scherjon Elsje Scherjon ... Nurse
Omar el Jout Omar el Jout ... Italian Man
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Hes, an uptight and disaffected social worker reaching retirement, discovers a young woman, Anna, in the closet of an acquaintance who has committed suicide. Realizing that she has been kept in the apartment all her life, he moves in and helps her comes to terms with the complexities of the real world.

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When the movie came out, there was some controversy over the fact that the story was obviously inspired by a György Konrád, yet Konrád had received no credit, because Seunke claimed to have forgotten to put him on the credits. Later György Konrád expressed his approval of the film. See more »

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A profoundly moving film of pain and renewal.
10 August 2001 | by Peegee-3See all my reviews

I saw this incredible film many years ago, but its impact has stayed with me. A disaffected social worker, preparing to retire, in a state of despair investigates an apartment, as a last assignment, where a family has commited suicide. While he and his replacement look at the total chaos and filth of the place, he notices a closet door open ever so slightly. In the closet he discovers a young woman...comes to realize she was kept there all her life by her family. He decides to move in, clean up the place and slowly win the young woman's trust, until she's willing to come out. The interaction between them is profoundly moving. She's unable to speak and is severely retarded, but at the movie's end she's able to accept her fate, goes with the authorities to an institution. Through his act of devotion and even a kind of love, the man finds himself renewed. The performances, especially by the two main characters, is astonishingly real and unsentimentally compelling. It should be shown at every film festival, the world over, in my opinion.


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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

23 September 1982 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Taste of Water See more »

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Maya Filmproduktie See more »
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