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Magonia (2001)

A sea faring father, a man living on the edge of mental sanity, periodically sees his young son. During the visits, the father tells the boy stories, exotic as well as close to home, about ... See full summary »


Ineke Smits


Arthur Japin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Roofthooft ... Father
Willem Voogd Willem Voogd ... Boy
Ramsey Nasr Ramsey Nasr ... Memed
Nato Murvanidze Nato Murvanidze ... Illeknoer
Nodar Mgaloblishvili ... Abdul Abdurduran
Amiran Amiranashvili Amiran Amiranashvili ... Achmed / Hadas
Patara Tato Kotetishvili Patara Tato Kotetishvili ... Mumtaz
Tamar Jokhadze Tamar Jokhadze ... Frigia
Théophile Sowié Théophile Sowié ... Axim
Adama Kouyaté Adama Kouyaté ... Old Man
Linda van Dyck Linda van Dyck ... Zoë
Peter Bolhuis Peter Bolhuis ... Sam
Antje de Boeck ... Josse
Geert Hunaerts ... Arend
Philip van den Boogaard Philip van den Boogaard ... Olle


A sea faring father, a man living on the edge of mental sanity, periodically sees his young son. During the visits, the father tells the boy stories, exotic as well as close to home, about Magonia. This is a mythical place where clouds represent impossible dreams and unfulfilled desires. But the characters in this imaginary place all curiously resemble people now living near the father. Written by up and out

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Dutch | Georgian

Release Date:

25 October 2001 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Магония See more »

Filming Locations:

Gareji Desert, Georgia See more »

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beautiful stories with a beautiful background
26 February 2005 | by rudebuzztardSee all my reviews

I found it strange to see that the only comment on this (dutch) movie is from someone from Sweden :P. So I thought it would be nice to add some thoughts about this myself.

I liked this movie very much because of the different scenes of the stories. The movie basically consists out of 3 stories which are set in Arabia, Africa and Holland. I loved the first and last story, the second story didn't seem to have a lot of dramatic tension in it, or any tension at all.

The first story is about choosing between loyalty and the one you love, and was very tragic, it made me cry. It took place in a small Islamic village somewhere in the middle east and has a very beautiful atmosphere and was even a bit funny from time to time.

The second story was stupid I think, I cannot think of any message in it or something. Except maybe that it sucks to live alone in the African desert...

The third story is really dramatic and is about a woman doomed to live in misery because she rejects the love of a man close to her and instead waits for a mysterious sailor she met 7 years ago and once said he would take her with him..

Unfortunately there are some more downsides to the movie except the poor second story. They mixed actors from Belgium and Holland and that irritates me sometimes. The little boy in the story is dutch, his father has a Belgian accent. I think it was very stupid of the director to do, because it doesn't make their relationship credible. But that's just a little thing, 8/10

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