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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.

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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
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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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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

2 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Voyeur See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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No one is sane
10 October 2014 | by kmoh-1See all my reviews

Wonderful surreal comedy of Dutch (bad) manners, with superb playing through the entire cast of eccentrics, misfits and lunatics. Olga Zuiderhoek is excellent as the implacably doting mother Duif, obsessed with fertility and sabotaging all her husband's schemes to get their son Abel to lead a "normal" life. But the film is made by Henri Garcin as (the possibly ironically named) husband Victor, whose descent into madness is delightfully reminiscent of Herbert Lom's Inspector Dreyfus.

Only Annet Malherbe's Zus lets the side down, passive and accepting of her place on her admirers' pedestals, more cipher than Circe. Maybe her line that "all women like to be watched" seemed profound thirty years ago; not so much now.


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