Old Archibald is chased from the countess's city after she made her physician and counselor Esculaap taste the droppings he bought from him for her. On his way out, he finds a baby in a ...
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Old Archibald is chased from the countess's city after she made her physician and counselor Esculaap taste the droppings he bought from him for her. On his way out, he finds a baby in a bundle, marked 'take care of Mariken', and raises the girl his weird, yet sort of wise way, in the wild. One day she wanders off and is captured by the Black Widow -who lost her family and neighbors in a Black Death epidemic- with chained Jan the 'rat boy', being calling both devil's seed, but he helps her escape to the city. There she gets saved by the troop of wandering performers of an actor made up as Devil, but when they play Moritoen on the castle the unhappily childless countess chases the actors but keeps Mariken, who learns her story before escaping and finding out her own and Archibald's...Written by
A movie that's in my Top 2 of Dutch movies ever. It's funny, wise, layered, creative, playful and the dialog amazingly fluent and refreshing. A feel good movie disguised as a kids' fairytale - especially since its setting is the Middle Ages - but utterly capable of catching the minds and hearts of an adult audience. It illustrates the evolution of the mindset of the Dark Ages into a Humanistic way of thinking with more room for psychological, physical and spiritual autonomy. The cast delivers a solid performance and includes some of the best Dutch speaking actors you can find. A little gem, reminding us of the freedom of thought, speech and imagination that so often gets shackled as one grows "wiser".
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