Netherlands, 1938. In a small town in the province of North Brabant called Oss, Johanna wants to change her life and quit the criminal gangs of the town. The harder she tries, the more she is involved.
Bookkeeper Jacob newest client is the talented and flamboyant actress Anne. They first meet each other on her houseboat, the morning after the premiere of Anne's new theatrical play. Jacob ... See full summary »
Paula van der Oest
Ali Ben Horsting
I got interested to see this movie because of its reviews, being a Dutch film, heard that it won some awards and the photography was good.
The story is about Bob (Gene Bervoets) a movie journalist who spends lonely times seeing movies, staying alone opposite a movie theatre, writing on computer, drinking, eating and keeping his house in a mess just a lazy tired life hoping for something to happen. He eagerly longs for a girl (Sylvia Hoeks) working in the theatres, who one days ends up in Bob's apartment. Just at that moment there is a knock at the door and an old friend of Bob arrives Duska (Sergei Makovetsky) from Russia. Bob tries hard to chase of Duska from his apartment and life, but does not succeed. Intercut - there is a flashback in the movie about how Bob met Duska in Russia. One day Duska leaves the house and Bob goes to Russia to search for him, and is left alone on a deserted village with his own fright. At last a bus arrives and Bob jumps in.
The Director Jos Stelling has made a movie after a gap of 4 years. He has his own style of movie making. There are minimal dialogues, but the flow of story goes on well. The movie deals with three characters and their emotions, which are captured perfectly. Jos is a thinking director and leaves lots of things for the audiences to imagine and understand.
I loved the movie because of its style and narrative. It was light and not heavy like a recent Dutch movie I saw Wolfsbergen directed by Nanouk Leopold, which I found in a similar format and style was not so interesting.
The music was good. Cinematography excellent. Gene Bervoets, Sylvia Hoeks and Sergei Makovetsky have acted very well and remained in tight scripted roles that Director Jos wants them to narrate.
Good movies for people who want to see experimental cinema.
(Stars 6.5 out of 10)
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