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Voyeur (1986)

Abel (original title)
A well-to-do, shut-in thirty-something faces city life, family secrets and his own quirks when he is finally thrown out by his parents.


Alex van Warmerdam
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex van Warmerdam ... Abel
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Victor
Olga Zuiderhoek Olga Zuiderhoek ... Duif
Annet Malherbe ... Zus
Loes Luca Loes Luca ... Christine
Arend Jan Heerma van Voss Arend Jan Heerma van Voss ... Psychiatrist
Anton Kothuis Anton Kothuis ... Magnetic Healer
Peer Mascini Peer Mascini ... Director
Elmar Schiphorst Elmar Schiphorst ... Waitress
Marc van Warmerdam ... Fishmonger
Jan-Willem Hees Jan-Willem Hees ... Old Cyclist
Jeroen Henneman Jeroen Henneman ... Dying Cowboy
Mieke Verdin Mieke Verdin ... Woman with Dog
Josse De Pauw ... Man with Dog
Otakar Votocek Otakar Votocek ... Man with a Cold


An extremely weird comedy revolving around the life of 31- year-old Abel, who has never left home (literally). After failing with doctors and psychiatrists, Abel's father Victor brings home Christine, a friend, in an attempt to teach Abel basic social skills. But Victor's wife Duif accuses him of having an affair, and in the ensuing row Abel is thrown out into the street. But help is at hand when he runs into kind-hearted stripper Zus - whose show Victor is obsessed with... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Best film ever!
9 February 2007 | by peejouiSee all my reviews

I love this film. I always have, since first seeing it some fifteen or so years ago. It is SERIOUSLY weird, but absolutely hilarious. Being in Dutch probably helped! Surreal scenery also helped with the mood of this wonderful film. The opening scenes nearly put me off, but after a while you realise it assists in the strange and weird world of Alex v W!!! De Noorderlingen is another of his and is also a very funny and odd little film.....maybe i just like this serious looking fellow's decidedly wry eye on the world.

I urge anyone to see this film, but more than that, i urge anyone who knows where i can buy a copy to tell me where from. I had it on video for years but it's worn out!

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2 August 1991 (USA) See more »

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