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The Dress (1996)

De jurk (original title)
An artist, a school girl, a maid, a train conductor and a business executive are drawn into a great wheel of misfortune as all their lives are touched by the existence of one very particular summer dress.


Alex van Warmerdam
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Van Tilt
Ingeborg Elzevier Ingeborg Elzevier ... Mw. van Tilt
Khaldoun Elmecky Khaldoun Elmecky ... Cremer
Margo Dames Margo Dames ... Stewardess
Frans Vorstman Frans Vorstman ... Loohman
Peter Blok ... De Vos
Jacob Derwig ... Koerier
Rudolf Lucieer ... De Vet
Maike Meijer Maike Meijer ... Eva
Carol van Herwijnen Carol van Herwijnen ... Winkelchef
Rijk de Gooyer ... Martin
Elizabeth Hoytink Elizabeth Hoytink ... Stella
Jack Wouterse ... Tuinman
Ariane Schluter ... Johanna
Kees Hulst ... Overbuurman


The Dress is a tale filled with sex, violence, comedy and drama as it follows the life of a dress. Conceived under a cloud of frustration and despair, the dress serves as the hub in a great wheel of misfortune in an extraordinary sequence of events that envelopes both the dress and those fatefully drawn into its universe. An aloof artist, a virginal school girl, an unfulfilled maid, a lowly train conductor and a broken business executive, all become involuntary players in a macabre game of tag. No one who comes in contact with the dress can escape its dramatic, shocking and hilarious consequences. Written by Attitude Films

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Comedy | Drama


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Bunuel meets Woody Allen meets i don't know...
8 February 2002 | by Alex KlotzSee all my reviews

This is, as another comment already stated, a truly original movie. It's an episode movie, but not Boccaccio-style, tale by tale, the tales are developing from each other, and some characters keep reappearing. There are at least three reasons to love this movie: The performance of the director himself as the psychopathic ticket collector; the short segment showing musical indifferencies between dutch construction workers and Indian immigrants, and the timeless sequence that just hints at a very weird sexual orientation of a designer. This scene reminded me a lot of Bunuel's anarchism, see, i didn't just include his name above to be pretentious. The movie manages to be very funny at times, but some scenes do leave a bad taste in your mouth, without being sentimental or pathetic at any time. I've seen this movie three times now, and not just because i had some pretty bad experiences with ticket collectors and bus drivers too. If you get the chance to see it- Don't miss it.

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Release Date:

21 March 1996 (Netherlands) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Netherlands See more »


Box Office


$2,650,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Graniet Film BV See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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