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Tells the story of a friendship between the disturbed clown Mr. Coco and the tormented child Natalie. When Mr. Coco makes a promise to kill someone at her request the story takes a shocking turn.

Director:

Roald van der Laan
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Cast

Credited cast:
Maxine Brabant Maxine Brabant ... Kate
Ruud de Vries Ruud de Vries ... Dad
Tess de Vries Tess de Vries ... Small girl
Sten Geerdink Sten Geerdink ... Drifter
Christine Hazelbag Christine Hazelbag ... Andy's girl
Antonie Kamerling ... Trevor
Lesley Korpos Lesley Korpos ... Samuel
Kevin Llewellyn Kevin Llewellyn ... Bill
Melvin Mast Melvin Mast ... Deenan
Nicole Moerland ... Linda
Luca Schoonheijt Luca Schoonheijt ... Melanie
Robin Schoonheijt Robin Schoonheijt ... Alison Bilger
Katie Sia Katie Sia ... Eleanor
Nina Simons Nina Simons ... Kristen Bilger
Terrence Sinclair Terrence Sinclair ... Joseph Bilger
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In the small town of Morden Falls, Joseph Bilger lives a secret life. While his family believes he is working as a local carpenter, in reality Joseph hunts down and kills men who hurt and threaten children. Joseph is unable to bond with his youngest daughter Natalie. His family - consisting of Natalie, his wife Kristen and oldest daughter Alison - is in a constant emotional crisis. After a tragic accident, Natalie is paralyzed from below the waist and spends most of the time in her bedroom. As both Joseph and Kristen are unable to give Natalie the needed attention, they hire the mysterious clown Mr. Coco. Quickly, Natalie befriends Mr. Coco, who starts visiting her on a daily basis. Things change when Mr. Coco tells Natalie a big secret: that he killed someone. After hearing this Natalie asks Mr. Coco: "Would you kill a bad person if I asked you to?" Despite being reluctant at first, Mr. Coco promises Natalie to do so, although he's not fully aware of the consequences this promise ... Written by Roald van der Laan

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2009 (Netherlands) See more »

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Budget:

€60,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Corosa Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Antonie Kamerling: The famous Dutch actor makes a special appearance in the film. See more »

Soundtracks

Whisper
Music and Lyrics by Roald van der Laan
Performed and Produced by Deliberate Jeopardization
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An excellent dramatic psychological thriller!
27 September 2009 | by marktheshark1977See all my reviews

I saw this film about two weeks ago at the request of the executive producer. It was an almost near finished version, closely resembling that which is about to be shown at the Central Dutch Film Festival in Amersfoort this coming November.

I was afraid to not be completely objective when I started watching this film. I feared that knowing the makers of it personally could influence my opinion. Luckily, it didn't. From the very first seconds, I was totally drawn into the story, and I entirely forgot that the person who was in part responsible for the film sat right next to me.

The Blue Horse is a very difficult film to categorize. Followers of the film will remember that the makers referred to the film being a horror film at one point, but I think a more accurate description would be a dramatic psychological thriller. And there is an awful lot of psychology in the film, which is meant as praise. The layers this film contains are very rich, and at a first look, I think it's impossible to fully comprehend them all.

I think this film is absolutely terrific! Everything, from to writing to the acting, from the camera-work to the music, everything works on many levels. Especially when taking into account that this film was made with very little financial and technical resources, it truly is a fantastic achievement. I think it really pays off that the director, Roald van der Laan, has tried to put an emphasis on character development, 'cause this film is carried by its three leading actors, Jasper Tonnon, Terrence Sinclair and Haruka Sugihara, who all deliver excellent performances (though my personal favourite has to be Luca Schoonheijt in an horrific scene with Jasper Tonnon, a scene that, -thanks to her awesome performance-, had my heart racing at record speed).

I would definitely recommend this film! The only real negative critique I have are technical nitpicks (especially in the audio, where the differences in background noises varied a bit too much from shot to shot, but admittedly, I'm an audio freak who notices such things), but overall: go see this film!


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