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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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Maayke Bouten ... Valerie Jaspers
Erik de Vries ... Paul
... Mellema
Marlous Fluitsma ... Ria de Jong
Wim Bary ... Van Maurik
Rijk de Gooyer ... Bob Jaspers (as Rijk de Gooijer)
Yoka Berretty ... Trudy Jaspers
Joop Doderer ... Wim Gerritsen
Lettie Oosthoek ... Mevrouw Gerritsen
Cas Baas ... Kapelaan
Alexandra Blaauw ... Saskia
Bettina Loose ... Gertie
Sonja Lijnes ... Evelien
Diana de Koning ... Verpleegster
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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7 February 1985 (Netherlands)  »

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Death in the Shadows  »

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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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It's So Random
12 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

It's not a horrible film. It's just that it is so poorly paced and so scattered that it never really grabs one's interest. The plot revolves around the discoveries of a young woman who is suddenly orphaned by a woman whom she thinks is her mother. When the police discover the woman never had children, this is the tipping point. She seems to have enough resources to run all over the place, investigating, almost getting killed. Her "mother" had been struck down by a hit and run driver, but he drove over her twice. She delves into family history, stirring up skeletons and eventually almost paying for it. The conclusion is strikingly unsatisfying and poorly done. The video is so bad that we can't see what is going on as she confronts her adversary. There are also some red herrings and superfluous characters that keep showing up. This is pretty much a waste of time. The film was made in Denmark and some of the scenery is interesting.


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