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Guernsey (2005)

When Anna witnesses the suicide of a woman her quiet life is thrown out of balance.

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Nanouk Leopold

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Nanouk Leopold (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Kraakman ... Anna / Sebastiaan's wife
Fedja van Huêt ... Sebastiaan / Anna's husband
Johanna ter Steege ... Bobby / Anna's sister
Frank Vercruyssen ... Verkerke
Hans Croiset Hans Croiset ... Vader
Nathalie Alonso Casale Nathalie Alonso Casale ... Mimi
Monica Dolan ... Claire
Aurélia Petit Aurélia Petit ... Patricia
Skip Goeree ... Jimmy
Mabel González Mabel González ... Maria
David Veenhof David Veenhof ... Zoontje van Vader (as Veenhof Twins)
Ties Veenhof Ties Veenhof ... Zoontje van Vader (as Veenhof Twins)
Vincent Moes Vincent Moes ... Jeffrey
Simone Gablan Simone Gablan ... Kleuterjuf
Guido Pollemans Guido Pollemans ... Jonge man in bar
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Anna is a quiet, slightly timid woman of thirty. She lives with her family in the suburbs of a major city. Anna and her husband Sebastiaan have a calm and steady relationship. Before they got married he was her older sister's lover. Now all three seem good friends. Anna is an irrigation specialist who often travels to developing countries. During one of her visits abroad, a female colleague commits suicide. The woman has hung herself. Anna finds her. Even though Anna wasn't close to the woman, her death makes a big impact on her. No one seems to know why she has killed herself. For the first time, Anna realizes that you can remain unknown even to those you have most dear. When the dead woman's husband very quickly finds a new wife, Anna's image is confirmed. It is as if the dead woman never existed. At home, Anna doesn't tell anyone about the incident with the dead woman. Instead, she begins to observe her husband and her family and asks herself what she means to them. Guernsey is the... Written by Circe Films

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long takes don't mean it's interesting
7 September 2005 | by olivierjagersSee all my reviews

This movie was long and boring. Surprising that it was selected for Cannes, although they tend to like pretentiousness. Point is that contrary to other Dutch stars of the arty genre like Kerkhof and Kruishoop, Guernsey feels utterly empty. Even more so it has no cinematic quality whatsoever. A long opening shot doesn't mean cinematic depth, it's just a long boring shot. The story wasn't interesting and the characters had problems I couldn't identify with at all. The actors didn't shine under her direction and seemed lost at times. Leopold tried, but she is not the talent I hoped she would be. Where are Kerkhof and Kruishoop? They really made some waves in Dutch cinema. Leopold just made another attempt.


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25 August 2005 (Netherlands) See more »

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