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Hemel (2012)

Unrated | | Drama | 29 March 2012 (Netherlands)
A promiscuous young woman struggles with her emotions when the one man she cares deeply about, her equally restless father, finally finds true love.


Sacha Polak


Helena van der Meulen (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Hannah Hoekstra ... Hemel / Daughter
Hans Dagelet ... Gijs / father
Rifka Lodeizen ... Sophie / auctioneer
Mark Rietman Mark Rietman ... Douwe
Eva Duijvestein ... Emma
Barbara Sarafian ... Brechtje
Ward Weemhoff Ward Weemhoff ... Joris
Ali Ben Horsting Ali Ben Horsting ... Jimmy
Abdullah el Baoudi Abdullah el Baoudi ... Scooter guy
Elske Rotteveel Elske Rotteveel ... Annabelle
Maarten Heijmans ... Teun
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ferry Asselbergs Ferry Asselbergs ... Party Guest
Erwin Bozzolini ... Dancer


During her nightly escapades Hemel searches for the difference between sex and love. Sometimes she leads, sometimes the men with whom she sleeps. The most important person in Hemel's life is Gijs, her father, who works in an auction house. After the early passing of her mother Hemel grew up with him alone. Just like Hemel, Gijs is restless and isn't committed to anyone except for his daughter. This changes when Gijs falls in love with the young auctioneer Sophie. Written by Circe Films

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Sharp of tongue
30 January 2012 | by glinsteringSee all my reviews

Here is a psychological quality movie with razor sharp and often funny quotes, although there is not a huge amount of conversations in it. The storyline starts with daughter 'Hemel' who devours men. How do you detach from your parents. It is a movie that slowly crawls under your skin and makes you feel. And feel the pain. The movie contains strong intense screen shots and subtle supporting sounds/music combined with a layered story that is blended in a way of rare beauty. What starts as an apparent superficial movie (a dutch and very explicit, but not too shocking start), slowly unravels in questions of how do you detach from your parents, which tecniques do you use to be loved, do you hurt or get hurt, life and death, do you get enough attention and do you "miss the bus". The sex is more or less something that you have to look through to see what the movie really is about. Telling the story would spoil a lot of it, so my advice would be go and feel that movie.

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2.35 : 1
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