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 very pretty and well casted film. A fairytale told in high quality regarding its Belgian/Dutch production. Mariken is found as a baby by a monk who is banned from town. The lot of Mariken's questions about life and religion make this an exciting quest. Mariken searches her unknown mother and meets up with fantastic characters of whom some help her and some betray her during her search for answers. A very sweet and pleasant film, especially because of the wonderful casting and careful detail.
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