A humorous reflection on the phenomenon midlife crisis. Married advertising executive Freek leaves with his young lover Alberta to Canada, where he learns that he is not the successful man he thought he was .
The movie stars you see on the screen have once been selected amongst others. The glamor of the premiere is preceded by mug shots, selections, interviews, wining, dining, backstabbing and sex. In the end, everyone gets what they deserve.
A story about a bunch of 20-somethings in Amsterdam and their love-life, as told from 2 perspectives. First, the movie focuses on Dimitri, who is hopelessly in love with Esther but can't move their relationship from friendship to something more. According to his friend Marten it's because he is too sensitive and should act more aggressively. Women want bastards not bridesmaids, he says. The second half shows the same events but from the perspective of Susan and her abusive boyfriend Gino. Gino is a real bastard and has no trouble in getting female attention, but his approach has its downsides too.Written by
Bas de Reuver
This is a tremendously funny Dutch comedy about a small group of nihilistic twentysomethings in 1990s Amsterdam, and the relationships between them. The key character is Dimitri (Van Uchelen), a nice but very shy boy who is desperately trying to end up in a woman's bed, helped by advice from his know-it-all macho friend (or is he?) Maarten (Ekkel). Dimitri would very much like to get involved with his close friend Esther (Lodeizen), but she is unwilling to go further than a platonic relationship. After some time, Dimitri is desperate and tells Esther to walk out the door. Precisely in that moment, he just about falls into the arms of another lovely lady, Susan (Hüpscher)...
The script tells the story from two different angles, first Dimitri's, and then a second time from the perspective of his girlfriend-to-be Susan and her annoying boyfriend Gino. Only then do we get a surprising new insight into the night when Dimitri and Susan first sleep together...
The film was made with an incredibly low budget and shot and cut in just a few weeks' time, but that doesn't show at all. The acting is good and natural, the story line doesn't feel artificial and the script has lots of very humorous twists. Watch, for example, the visualisations of Dimitri's fears and fantasies, or the running gag of the drug addicts carrying cartons of custard around. This is a very sympathetic film, it has really captured my heart. Decide for yourself: did you ever see a film whose closing credits include apologies to all the extras who were in scenes that didn't make it into the final cut?
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