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Wild Mussels (2000)

Wilde mossels (original title)
Three friends live an anguished existence in a small village by the sea. Al three want to break loss. Motorcycling, music and partying gives temporary satisfaction, but no solution.

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Erik de Bruyn

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Erik de Bruyn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fedja van Huêt ... Leen
Frank Lammers ... Daan
Frederik Brom Frederik Brom ... Jacob (as Freek Brom)
Will van Kralingen Will van Kralingen ... Noortje
Josse De Pauw ... Wannes
Angelique de Bruijne Angelique de Bruijne ... Janine
Melek Karasu Melek Karasu ... Atash
Martin Dunne Martin Dunne ... Nowhere Man
Hans Veerman ... Rinus
Freark Smink Freark Smink ... Bert
Marina de Graaf Marina de Graaf ... Diana
Malou Elshout Malou Elshout ... Esmeralda
Manuel Dijselinck Manuel Dijselinck ... Knecht
Erik Holm Erik Holm ... Volkert
Roos Blok Roos Blok ... Bobby
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Three friends live an anguished existence in a small village by the sea. Al three want to break loss. Motorcycling, music and partying gives temporary satisfaction, but no solution.

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Happiness is a foreign landscape

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | English

Release Date:

28 September 2000 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Dzikie malze See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Featured in Barend en Van Dorp: Episode dated 2 October 2000 (2000) See more »

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Velvet Slide
Written by J. van Eyck
Performed by 7 Zuma 7
Courtesy of Idol Records
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Portrait of a wasteland
23 October 2004 | by jasper-rijkSee all my reviews

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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