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...
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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. They arrive in Spain only to find that their uncle has died. Marie meets Diego, a rich surgeon, and falls in love with him. Diego lives with his domineering sister Teresa. Marie marries Diego. Jacob keeps jealously trying to tear his sister away from Diego. His efforts are in vain and Jacob starts to provoke Diego. It soon becomes clear that Jacob's defiance won't go unpunished...Written by
Director Alex van Warmerdam hated the original cut of the film that was edited by Stefan Kamp, and has since excluded it from every retrospective and DVD box-set of his collected works. As an experiment, he started to re-edit a few scenes on video with Job ter Burg, his regular editor since The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009). The result was so satisfying that they secured time and budget to re-edit the entire movie over a period of four years. The new version was released at the 2019 Dutch Film Festival, and received a new theatrical run. Van Warmerdam has been quoted as saying that viewers should throw the old cut of the film in the trashcan. See more »
This is a story about a brother and a sister going on a journey together, because their parents didn't have money to support them anymore.
Where the movie is about a journey, the movie itself is like a journey too, where the viewer constantly falls into amazement, excitement, recognition, and sometimes a laughing fit. Its a surreal story that starts of exactly the same as Hansel and Grettel, but where you expect the brother and sister to find a house of candy, the movie takes a totally different turn, and goes on like that. Every time you think you know whats going to happen, its like the director says "ha ha, but I'm not that predictable" and sticking out his tong to you. This keeps the movie exciting and exhilarating till the end.
I sincerely enjoyed this movie, its one of those movies that you recommend so often and much to other people that they'll hate you for it!
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