As a result of a brain tumor, old Willy Waltz is no longer able to keep his circus running and has to face the demise of his traditional circus family. He is forced to find a successor in one of his three sons.




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Series cast summary:
Aart Staartjes Aart Staartjes ...  Willy Waltz 7 episodes, 2006
Olga Louzgina Olga Louzgina ...  Olga Lyppinsky / ... 7 episodes, 2006
Theo Maassen ...  Bruno Waltz 7 episodes, 2006
Barry Atsma ...  Felix Waltz 7 episodes, 2006
Koen Wouterse Koen Wouterse ...  Enrico Waltz 7 episodes, 2006
Astrid van Eck Astrid van Eck ...  Michelle Waltz - de Wit / ... 7 episodes, 2006
Marja Kok Marja Kok ...  Mimi Tollens / ... 7 episodes, 2006
Orlando MacBean Orlando MacBean ...  Spartacus 7 episodes, 2006
Siebe Schoneveld ...  Willy Waltz Jr. / ... 7 episodes, 2006
Cleo Staffleu Cleo Staffleu ...  Loretta Waltz 7 episodes, 2006
Leonid Vlasov Leonid Vlasov ...  Andrej Adamski / ... 7 episodes, 2006
Jane Wang Jane Wang ...  Angh Rho 7 episodes, 2006
Rijk Hessel Floris Rijk Hessel Floris ...  Baby Ricardo 7 episodes, 2006
Henri Soe Jie Henri Soe Jie ...  Vader Angh 6 episodes, 2006
Lidewij Mahler Lidewij Mahler ...  Eefje de Vrede 5 episodes, 2006
Viviane de Muynck Viviane de Muynck ...  Mevrouw Hoboken / ... 3 episodes, 2006
Jakob Beks Jakob Beks ...  Mr. Hoboken / ... 3 episodes, 2006
Roger Van Hool ...  Nicky Borelli / ... 3 episodes, 2006
Waldemar Torenstra Waldemar Torenstra ...  Hans van der Brink / ... 3 episodes, 2006


As a result of a brain tumor, old Willy Waltz is no longer able to keep his circus running and has to face the demise of his traditional circus family. He is forced to find a successor in one of his three sons.

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Dutch people making a quality show; that doesn't happen very often!
7 June 2007 | by Ryu_DarkwoodSee all my reviews

Dutch people can't make fantastic television shows like Six Feet Under or The Sopranos. That's what I thought before watching this marvelous piece of cinema.

Like in both HBO-titles I mentioned, the charm of this show is that its characters aren't particularly nice people. They are all people with a past, with unresolved emotional damage, having wrong expectations of life and that are angry at others for their misfortune. All of their story lines circle around ''pater familias'' Willy Waltz ( Aart Staartjes). After being diagnosed with a tumour in his brain, he must come to terms with the fact that his life is over and that his legacy, the circus with the family name Waltz, will seize to exist in these modern times. His sons, gay in denial ( Theo Maassen ), father of three children, with marital problems ( Barry Atsma ), and the rebellious young one ( Koen Wouterse ), can't fulfill the high expectations of Willy Waltz. They can't seem to cooperate and keep their heads above the water to keep the circus running. And than there is Olga Lippinsky ( Olga Louzgina ), spouse of Willy Waltz, that wants to inherit the circus, totally against the will of the family.

Waltz is full of depressing shots of muddy grass fields, typical Dutch rainy days, a loosely hanging circus tent, dirty environments. It all adds up to the grim story of a man seeing his dreams dying up like snow melts in the sun. Depressing, yes, but if you can cope with that, it's a beautiful story. Not the happiest one, but life isn't all fun and games, so televisions shows also needn't to be all lightness. I also really liked the sadistic humor, like one off the sons pretending to choke in front of a group of children with cancer.

The biggest compliment I must give to Aart Staartjes, for defying his stigma as Sesame street neighbor, by playing in such a grim and mature movie. He is a fantastic actor. I compare his performance to what James Gandolfini did with Tony Soprano; creating a man that is charismatic at the one hand, but nasty, full of rage and simple minded at the same time.

And then one thing that slightly bothered me. The series just contains 7 episodes, and that's a little bit too little to end all of the story lines. There are a few story lines that now feel unfinished. It'd be better if there were at least 12/13 episodes, like in most of the American quality TV-shows.

My final conclusion: If all Dutch television shows would be as good as Waltz, I'd be such a happy person. But in the land of the blind, one-eye is king. And I'm pretty sure that Waltz is that King at the moment!

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September 2006 (Netherlands) See more »

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