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De smaak van water (1982)

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 »

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4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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... Hes
Dorijn Curvers ... Anna
Joop Admiraal ... Schram
Hans van Tongeren ... stagiaire
Olga Zuiderhoek ... Hes' wife
Moniek Toebosch ... prostitute
Standa Bares ... Neighbour
René Groothof ... Man in Bar
Ab Abspoel ... Doorman
Jean-Pierre Plooij ... New Colleague
... Hospital Director
Peer Mascini ... Accompanist
Roelant Radier ... Doctor
Elsje Scherjon ... Nurse
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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23 September 1982 (Netherlands)  »

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The Taste of Water  »

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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 See 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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