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18-year old Valerie and her mother Trudy live together in rural Oostdijk, a quiet little village near Amsterdam. When Trudy comes home one night, she gets run over by a car. Dead. The ... See full summary »

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Vivian Pieters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maayke Bouten Maayke Bouten ... Valerie Jaspers
Erik de Vries Erik de Vries ... Paul
Johan Leysen ... Mellema
Marlous Fluitsma Marlous Fluitsma ... Ria de Jong
Wim Bary Wim Bary ... Van Maurik
Rijk de Gooyer ... Bob Jaspers (as Rijk de Gooijer)
Yoka Berretty Yoka Berretty ... Trudy Jaspers
Joop Doderer Joop Doderer ... Wim Gerritsen
Lettie Oosthoek Lettie Oosthoek ... Mevrouw Gerritsen
Cas Baas Cas Baas ... Kapelaan
Alexandra Blaauw Alexandra Blaauw ... Saskia
Bettina Loose Bettina Loose ... Gertie
Sonja Lijnes Sonja Lijnes ... Evelien
Diana de Koning Diana de Koning ... Verpleegster
Marijke Copper Marijke Copper ... Verpleegster
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18-year old Valerie and her mother Trudy live together in rural Oostdijk, a quiet little village near Amsterdam. When Trudy comes home one night, she gets run over by a car. Dead. The autopsy reveals she has never bore a child. Soon after more strange facts are beginning to turn up. While police inspector Mellema hunts down the car driver, Valerie starts searching for her real parents, both leading to the same sad truth. Written by Swie Tio <sweet_t@dds.nl>

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They Murdered the Woman She Thought Was Her Mother -- And Now They're After Her -- But Why?

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Mystery | Thriller

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

7 February 1985 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Death in the Shadows See more »

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Frans Rasker Film See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)
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Director Vivian Pieters and editor Ton Ruys, who also co-authored the screenplay adaption, are wife and husband. See more »

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There are several things to like about this movie
13 August 2011 | by aceroySee all my reviews

The other reviews were unduly harsh, in my opinion. People who like flashy special effects and expensive Hollywood productions won't care much for this film, but personally I'm tired of those so I liked it. This movie is very "European" so there's no bigger-than-life hero or fuzzy warm happy ending that Americans usually expect. It's not a great movie but it has a feeling about it, an atmosphere and intimacy I like. And the leading lady - Maayke (pronounced mica, like the mineral) Bouten - is very pretty. She reminds me of Brooke Shields at that age. In addition there are many interesting and pleasant scenes of Holland, having been filmed on location there. I like the unusual and sometimes eerie soundtrack too, especially the haunting theme music at the movie's end. The English over-dubbing is good and well synced with lip movements for the most part. I think this is a decent film and apt to be enjoyed by someone who likes smaller-scaled and more personal films.


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