One winter's day Jacob and his sister Marie are left behind in the woods by their unemployed father. In his coat Jacob finds a note from his mother urging them to go to their uncle in Spain... See full summary »
Alex van Warmerdam
Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.
Johanna ter Steege
That Zeeland, a region in The Netherlands, is not just a place for summer holidays, is made pretty clear in this stunning movie. I myself a Zeeland-born person was put on by this film in an explicable way.
The essence of this film, trying to leave the region in which you've grown up, is a major problem of youth in peripheric places. 'Wilde Mossels' is therefore not only a poetic portrait of a depressing 'wasteland', but a pointer of social problems. The director brings out these problems accompanied with a large amount of humor, in one respect because of the dialect that is spoken and one the other hand because of the surrealism that is being used. The alcohol and drug abuse (dried mussels) is another aspect that creates a rather depressing portrait of a beautiful region. But that is what makes this movie special: a new approach on an existing image.
My opinion on this film is that it is of a great value within the Dutch movie-business. Absurdism, social engagement, drama and humor isn't only bound to our capital Amsterdam, but can be used in other places as well.
9 out of 10
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