7.9/10
7,943
29 user 9 critic

Simon (2004)

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)
8 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

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 ... Sjimmie
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Hij verandert je leven (He will change your life)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

There are several images of Buddha in Simon's apartment when Camiel comes to visit after Simon has told him he has cancer. One of Buddha's precepts is that all life is suffering. Simon makes other references to suffering when he and Camiel go to the hospital to start his chemotherapy treatments and they observe people sick and dying from cancer, and there are several more references to Buddha in the dialogue through the end of the movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

References Death Race 2000 (1975) See more »

User Reviews

 
One of the Greats
3 December 2004 | by dreighruhtraSee all my reviews

This is not only the best dutch movie that I have ever seen, but one of the most moving movies that I have ever seen. Great picture of dutch society, on extraordinarily interesting people, full of great humor and sadness, and most importantly on life and death (parallel to the last two). This film is FULL in every way that a film should and can be. It is the heart-filling and heart-wrenching story of one of the most extraordinarily human lives (beautifully acted) ever put on film. It is about Simon, his fast life, his loved ones, and his chosen death. It is also about the truly free society, where all can choose their life and their death for themselves. It is a portrait of a culture of personal responsibility, love, and life that is so needed everywhere. It will make you think, laugh and cry. When and if you can, see this picture, you won't be disappointed. It's one of the greats.

As the Tagline says: Simon will change your life.


101 of 118 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 29 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | English | German | Thai

Release Date:

30 September 2004 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Симон See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,453, 9 April 2006

Gross USA:

$4,055

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,107,774
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed