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Anna is a vital woman who is married and has two daughters. She picks up her old passion of writing again after frequent requests by a colleague and a friend, but she had not foreseen the consequences of family and friends reading her stories...


Maria Goos (screenplay)
6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Monic Hendrickx ... Anna
Peter Blok ... Paul
Sarah Jonker Sarah Jonker ... Robin
Sophie van Winden ... Isabelle
Anne-Wil Blankers Anne-Wil Blankers ... Sybille
Tanja Jess ... Jolande
Ali Ben Horsting Ali Ben Horsting ... Gregor
Petra Laseur Petra Laseur ... Lies
Kristen Denkers Kristen Denkers ... Trudy
Roos Ouwehand Roos Ouwehand ... Sybille (Age 20)
Jeroen Krabbé ... Hugo
Jeroen Willems ... Gerard
Jacqueline Blom Jacqueline Blom ... Ellie
Miguel Muñoz Miguel Muñoz ... Anna's father
Thijme Sjiew-oe-Joen Thijme Sjiew-oe-Joen ... Anna (Age 3)


Anna picks up her life-long, as a girl discouraged ambition to write. Preparing to the autobiographic formula of her favorite author, she taps into her, her ma's and two daughters' love and family life as well as her professional experience as midwife. Pondering these, mixed up with gore fantasy, only stirs past and present tension for all concerned. Written by KGF Vissers

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Did You Know?


Director Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen had already been diagnosed with terminal cancer when the movie was shot. Co-director Jean van de Velde was attracted to replace him if there would be a need for that. Van de Sande Bakhuysen did manage to complete the movie, but he died one day before its release. See more »


Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #18.4 (2005) See more »

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Beautiful Film
4 January 2007 | by berettabenildaSee all my reviews

I was studying at the University of Amsterdam last year when I would pass the movie theater in Haarlemstrat(sp) and see the announcement for the film. I wanted so much to see the film especially because of Monic Hendrickx, but the film was not subtitled yet for English. Recently I found it on Amazon. It had English subtitles and it was in PAL, but since I own several PAL movies, I now own a portable DVD player that plays all regions. Alas, after a long wait, I was not disappointed. It is a celebration of life and I felt inspired by it. I hope this film is more widely recognized because it was perfect in every way. A few years back Zeus and Zo, another Dutch film, was nominated for the Academy Awards. I have nothing against Z&Z, but Leef should not be overlooked.

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Official site [Netherlands]





Release Date:

29 September 2005 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Im Labyrinth des Lebens See more »


Box Office


EUR2,500,000 (estimated)

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Production Co:

IDTV Film See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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