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Het zwijgen (2006)

A young history researcher traces an old folk song dating from the time that the radio had not been introduced in rural Drenthe, telling about a series of gruesome murders.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Croiset Vincent Croiset ... Victor Dreisen
Rosa Reuten Rosa Reuten ... Geesje Wieringa
Susan Visser ... Heleen Kleingeld
Huib Broos Huib Broos ... Andries Wiegman
Rutger Remkes Rutger Remkes ... Schaapsherder
Huug van Tienhoven Huug van Tienhoven ... Veerman
Ben Ramakers Ben Ramakers ... Albert Haar
Joop Keesmaat Joop Keesmaat ... Beerta
Eric van der Donk Eric van der Donk ... Oom Lambert (as Erik van der Donk)
Nelly Frijda Nelly Frijda ... Notaris
Frank van den Bos Frank van den Bos ... Fietsenmaker
Nynke Laverman Nynke Laverman ... Maartje van de slager
Kim Goedegebure Kim Goedegebure ... Verpleegster spermabank
Thijs Alberts Thijs Alberts ... Peuter
Mirjam Hegger Mirjam Hegger ... Agente


A young history researcher hears an old folk song, dating from the time that the radio had not been introduced in rural Drenthe. The siren like singing tells of aa number of gruesome murders. He is drawn to investigate it further, unknowingly stepping into the mysterious world of the unspoken, in which his sense of reality slowly but inevitably fades. Written by cruzlee

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Like a "The Twilight Zone" episode, only it leaves a too unsatisfying feeling afterward.
11 October 2008 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This movie is a rather surprising unknown Dutch production, that has a really great atmosphere and one fine, filled with potential, main concept.

What mostly drives this movie is its look and atmosphere, with some nice cinematography as well as good use of old archive footage. It can be described as something coming from a "The Twilight Zone" episode, in which a murder mystery is handled and that constantly makes you question if what the main character is seeing and hearing is real or not. It does this in a realistic way, sort of in the same trend as a M. Night Shyamalan movie.

However this movie just doesn't work out as well as it could had. Like I said the movie features a potentially interesting concept, that could provide the movie with plenty of interesting story elements and tension. Yet it feels like the story is never fully getting off the ground. The movie is constantly building up its tension and mystery but it never delivers. At times it really seemed like the movie was getting there and interesting to watch, for instance when it starts to look like the main character is slowly loosing his sense of reality (just like his deceased uncle) and the line between the real world and imagination becomes really thin but then again, the movie decided to do nothing with it in the end. The movie features more elements just like that. It constantly hints at the supernatural. It builds up all the time with its mystery but it never ever pays of in the end. The entire movie is like one big build up to nothing and the ending leaves far too many loose ends and questions. It's so unrewarding. Here you are watching a well such a good looking movie, with nice settings and a good overall atmosphere but in the end it all feels pointless that you were watching this for 90 minutes because the ending is so unsatisfying. In that regard this movie also is really like a M. Night Shyamalan movie (at least like his most recent work).

Still I'm willing to give the movie somewhat the benefit of the doubt. The concept and the right ideas are there but it's the execution (the storytelling) of it all that is mostly lacking. Still is "Het Zwijgen" is an unique and atmospheric Dutch production. The right talent is definitely there but next time (fore the film-makers deserve another shot) they just need to pay a little bit more attention to the story and especially the way of storytelling within the movie.



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23 March 2006 (Netherlands) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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