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Lena (2011)

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Lena is a lonely, plump adolescent girl. Much to her surprise she gets a relationship with the popular but unreliable Daan. Lena moves in with Daan and his strange father Tom and is willing to do a lot for his love. More than a lot.


Mieke de Jong
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Levie Emma Levie ... Lena
Niels Gomperts ... Daan / Lena's boyfriend
Jeroen Willems ... Tom / Daan's father
Agata Buzek ... Danka
Lisa Smit ... Hanneke / Lena's friend
Rifka Lodeizen ... Bea / Kindergarden manager
Chiem Vreeken Chiem Vreeken ... Patrick
Arie de Man Arie de Man ... Rudi
Blue Ter Burg Blue Ter Burg ... Michael
Kevin de Wit Kevin de Wit ... Martijn
Susanne Op 't Hof Susanne Op 't Hof ... Danslerares / Dance teacher
Ab Baars Ab Baars ... Self
Steef Cuijpers ... Pier
Ernst Dekkers Ernst Dekkers ... Pol
Lottie Hellingman Lottie Hellingman ... Rechercheur / Detective 1


17-year-old Lena works at a kindergarten with her best friend Hanneke. Raised by a prostitute mother who constantly belittles her for being fat when not on the phone yelling in Polish about her dying, pimp father, she has nothing to her name but pain and suffering. Between the ridicule at home and the snickering looks from kids her age outside, the only reprieve she's allowed is a Thursday night line-dancing class with Hanneke - and sex. But this physical act holds no passion or desire. Like her tempestuous guardian, sex serves only to drowning her in the dull, painful white noise of life.

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At Daan's place, Lena finally comes home - but at what price?




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at times a very awkward insight into the life of an insecure overweight girl
8 February 2012 | by trevi12See all my reviews

Saw this movie in the sneak-preview, otherwise I probably would have never seen it... If you're looking for an easy-to-watch-movie, pick something else, this one, at times, can by quite a shocker...

That being said, I still feel that it is a good movie, awkward but at times funny. I think they did a very good job, the way you get sucked into the life of this young, overweight and insecure adolescent girl. When she finds the love she is looking for, it seems she will stop at nothing to keep it in her life! This leads to some scenes where I had to avert my eyes, I don't really enjoy watching overweight people line dancing, but that's not the worst.... by a long shot!! A terrible mother, friends who would betray her at the first chance they get, a boyfriend who isn't who he seems to be, not to mention his crazy dad.... Nothing seems to go her way... but she is in love....

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Official site [Belgium]


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Dutch | Polish

Release Date:

23 November 2011 (Belgium) See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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