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It's a great movie, one of the best dutch movies of the last few years
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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