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Simon (2004)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 30 September 2004 (Netherlands)
A mild-mannered gay dentist and a hedonist womanizer rekindle their unlikely friendship when the latter's terminal cancer drives them back together after a decade apart.

Director:

Eddy Terstall

Writer:

Eddy Terstall (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cees Geel ... Simon Cohen
Marcel Hensema ... Camiel Vrolijk
Rifka Lodeizen ... Sharon
Nadja Hüpscher Nadja Hüpscher ... Joy
Eva Duijvestein ... Ellen
Daan Ekkel Daan Ekkel ... Marco
Dirk Zeelenberg Dirk Zeelenberg ... Bram
Stijn Koomen ... Nelson
Johnny de Mol ... Floris (as Johnny de Mol jr.)
Maria Kooistra Maria Kooistra ... Gwen
Femke Lakerveld Femke Lakerveld ... Adrienne
Natasja Loturco Natasja Loturco ... Astrid, Camiel's Assistant
Araba Walton Araba Walton ... Gisela
Medi Broekman Medi Broekman ... Priscilla
Dennis Rudge Dennis Rudge ... Sjimmie
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Storyline

Enterprising liberal Jew Simon Cohen is the lawless lord of an Amsterdam neighborhood, running a 'coffee' shop' (legal soft drugs sale). As soon as they bump into each-other, Simon fascinates gay, up to then conventionalist Jewish dentistry student Camiel Vrolijk and draws him into his libertine world, even all the way to Thailand for B-movie making. Having seduced Simon's whorish girl, embarrassed Simon leaves quietly. Ten years later, the dentist, now settled with a gay partner, lawyer Bram, meets the new cancer-terminal but affluent Simon again. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

Hij verandert je leven (He will change your life)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Netherlands]

Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | English | German | Thai

Release Date:

30 September 2004 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Симон See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€63,300 (Netherlands), 3 October 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,453, 9 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,453, 9 April 2006
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

On screen at beginning of film: October 21, 2002. Less than two minutes later, there is a flashback, the on screen date: June 3, 1988. See more »

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When Joy and Floris are descending the stairs at the wedding, he is on her right side, but in the next shot he is suddenly on her left. See more »

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An emotionally aggressive film
13 May 2007 | by murdockcrcSee all my reviews

This film is extremely well elaborated. Without spoiling the movie for you, basically, Simon is a sad story between a drug-dealing, "living la vida loca" young man, and a gay man he unexpectedly met.

14 years later, they meet again, but this time, the situation is totally different.

The filmmakers do an excellent job at the beginning of the movie, that is, making people dive deep into the story, the characters and the general atmosphere. This has as consequence, later after the middle of the movie, that the filmmakers start playing with the audience's emotions, leveraging on all the details presented during the beginning to force the audience into the main topic of the movie.

The second half of the movie is the sad part of it. There, the lives of all the people involved are bound together by an unexpected tragedy. The film has an obvious ending, but during that time, the audience's feelings and emotions are constantly touched and moved. This emotional play is perfect for the deep meanings of the movie: a reflexion and the presenting of different perspectives of homosexuality, drugs, sex and eutanasia.


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