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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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gay | dentist | cancer | soft drugs | drugs | See All (82) »

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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1.78 : 1
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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 »

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Featured in Allemaal film: Betere tijden (2007) See more »

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It's a great movie, one of the best dutch movies of the last few years
26 September 2004 | by rudebuzztardSee all my reviews

Eddy Terstall is one of the most talented directors in Holland. He always makes low budget films which are mostly about dialogues and not about action, explosions or special effects. His skills for writing dialogues in a funny a witty way are unique and it get's better every movie… Simon is his latest and therefore best movie, about a remarkable character called Simon and his Gay friend Camiel. The story is touching, funny and interesting. The amount of nudity, foul language and drugs (Simon has his own coffeeshops) is very high, even for Dutch standards.

The best thing about Terstall is that he constantly uses the same actors and actresses, it's very funny to see them all in different roles in each movie of this director. Especially Rifka Lodeizen (always looking good, a lot of topless scenes :D) she just has this thing that makes my spine chill and this nice voice. And Daan Ekkel (who had the best part in Terstall's movie 'hufters and hofdames') as a friend of Simon who tried to staple his tattoo's because in a mushroom trip he thought they were coming off. Cees Geel as Simon is a new member of the actors' group but he fits in perfectly and I expect him to come back for the next movies Terstall will make. This is definitely going to be a Dutch classic, and it was made for only a million (in comparison to Terstall's other movies, this is a fortune) in an interview Terstall was complaining that he never get's a lot of money for his movies and is about to go bankrupt. I can hardly believe that because of the success of Simon, but I hope Terstall is not going to do stupid things in order to earn more money.. Simon is the Dutch submission for the Oscars, but they won't get it. This movie is to honest and too straightforward for any American jury to get it. This movie is about euthanasia, drugs, homosexuals (and Simon truly hates them and makes a lot of nasty remarks) and all kinds of things Americans don't want to talk about. It deserves the Oscar, but Simon is not going to get it. I give a 9/10


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