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The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009)

De laatste dagen van Emma Blank (original title)
A woman living in a large country home drives her servants to mutiny with her outrageous demands as she waits for death to come for her.


Alex van Warmerdam
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Complete credited cast:
Marlies Heuer Marlies Heuer ... Emma Blank
Gene Bervoets ... Haneveld
Annet Malherbe ... Bella
Eva van de Wijdeven Eva van de Wijdeven ... Gonnie
Gijs Naber ... Meier
Alex van Warmerdam ... Theo
Marwan Kenzari ... Martin


Mr. Haneveld runs the household like a devoted butler in Emma Blank's Dutch seaside villa. It's a crazy mix of disgruntled staff, unstable lovers and incestuous offspring, constantly harassed by Emma's absurdly inconsistent orders. Her brother Theo even literally plays the family dog. Only Gonnie, Hanevlet and Emma's daughter, finds an external lover, Martin, who later shares in their pointless misery. When Emma discloses the inheritance everyone waited for without pay is lost in stock crises, only the house is left, a grim finale ensues. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Emma Blank waits for her death. So do her servants.


Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


The family house was built especially for this film. The decision of building the house was made after an extensive search for a house that more or less matched the idea of Alex van Warmerdam, who conceived and wrote down the layout of the house in great detail in his script. See more »

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Dark comedy at it best.
25 April 2010 | by isaiasvalbuenaSee all my reviews

I rated so high cause i was not expecting too much , and i had a great surprise.

If i have to describe it in a few words will be: funny and bizarre ,dark and clever.

The acting is superb, the genre is dark comedy and the plot original funny and dramatic.

I'm trying not to spoil anything because you'll be surprise how good is this film.

I will not tell you the details from the plot but , it deals with how much the people is willing to humiliate themselves for the promise of a better future "$".

I laughed like i didn't in quite a while,in a movie with a very disturbing and original plot but at the same time universal.

Buy the DVD, rent it , download it WHATEVER but see it you will not regret.

After i saw it was so interested that i went to IMDb for research about the director/writer and i find that the strangest character is played by him LOLL this guy is a genius.... and as the previous review says he deserves a larger audience.

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Release Date:

7 May 2009 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


EUR2,750,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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