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Rent a Friend (2000)

In Rent a Friend the talented painter ARTHUR is suffering from an artist's block. Alfred does not bother about becoming rich and famous. He sticks to painting bright coloured Mexican hats. ... See full summary »


Eddy Terstall


Eddy Terstall
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Credited cast:
Marc van Uchelen Marc van Uchelen ... Alfred
Rifka Lodeizen ... Moniek
Nadja Hüpscher Nadja Hüpscher ... Françoise
Natasja Loturco Natasja Loturco ... Anja
Femke Lakerveld Femke Lakerveld ... Carolina / Myrthe
Huub Stapel ... Dhr. Bloedworst
Victor Löw ... Dhr. van Duitschenbloed
Peer Mascini Peer Mascini ... Smulders
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Arenas Maria Arenas ... Exotic waitress
Henk Bakboord Henk Bakboord ... Peter / Roy
Marlies Bark Marlies Bark ... Marjan
Edwin Bolderheij Edwin Bolderheij ... Max
Arthur De Boer Arthur De Boer ... Tony
Tim de Zwart Tim de Zwart ... Frits
Daan Ekkel Daan Ekkel ... Wiert


In Rent a Friend the talented painter ARTHUR is suffering from an artist's block. Alfred does not bother about becoming rich and famous. He sticks to painting bright coloured Mexican hats. Alfred's total lack of ambition increasingly irritates his girlfriend MONIEK. Moniek is a successful writer of a popular Dutch soap opera and she is continuously accusing Alfred of having no commercial instinct. The soap episodes created by Moniek are totally based on her own life. When Alfred sees one of the episodes, he correctly infers that she is having an affair with the executive producer. He decides to leave Moniek and sets out to show the world that he doesn't have a problem with making money. He starts a company called Rent a Friend and rents himself out as a friend to those in need of one. The concept is so successful that he soon is running a veritable "friends empire". Things really take off when Alfred hires the highly inventive manager Françoise. Moniek, by this time, is lonely and ... Written by <femke-anna@sndfilms.com>

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Release Date:

2 March 2000 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Rent-a-friend See more »

Filming Locations:

Almere, Flevoland, Netherlands See more »

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2.35 : 1
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29 May 2000 | by ladwashSee all my reviews

RENT-A-FRIEND; the title is english, but it's a (typical) Dutch film, by Eddy Terstall. Well, as most of his selfwritten films also this one deals with young adults, esp. assertive women, relationships (where love isn't really jumping off the screen, it is more defined by sex) and the same cast. This film was slighlty different as he had a big budget, yes he had a whole million dollars (rumours go that actors were fully paid !). This is the main difference to his other films. The money was clearly invested in locations, this time not the recognisable 'backyard' of the director, the Amsterdammish neighbourhood 'the Jordan', but the very modern buildings and flats in Rotterdam. This decor suited perfectly the plot, which is a parody on modern society; A writer (Rifka Lodeizen) of a famous soapopera, in which she puts her own life experiences, breaks up with her boyfriend (Marc van Uchelen), because besides painting mexicans from above (a big circle with a small one in it), he doesn't make money. Through the soap opera, boyfriend sees she's sleeping with her boss. He sets up a company, where you can rend friends (no sex) and is very successful. The film is entertaining, more structured, but still lacks sometimes in its actorsachievements and dialogues, but certainly deserves a larger (Dutch) audience than it's getting now. *** out of five

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