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Vattnet (2012)

James leads a lonely life in a luxurious castle. He never goes out with friends. One day he finds himself interested in an injured, handsome Swedish soccer player.

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Marco van Bergen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tobias Kersloot ... James
Barbara Labrie Barbara Labrie ... James' Mother
Serge Mensink Serge Mensink ... Tobias
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James leads a lonely life in a luxurious castle in which his parents run a hotel. He never goes out with friends, spends his spare time in his room and peeks at the hotel's guests out of boredom and curiosity. Chased by his controlling mother, who only wants him to finish his homework, James is more interested in the group of handsome Swedish soccer players staying at the hotel. When he finds one of the boys injured at the hotel's swimming pool, James offers his help and smuggles the boy into his room and locks the door. Locked up with a strange boy in his own room, James experiences the complexity of his own sexual feelings for the first time. Written by Marco van Bergen

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | English | Swedish

Release Date:

2012 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Voda See more »

Filming Locations:

Zeist, Utrecht, Netherlands See more »

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Budget:

€750 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Two young men have a moment to face what they want
4 May 2016 | by aidanbhSee all my reviews

Fourteen minutes is not a great length of time to tell a whole story. So the director and writer, Marco van Bergen, simply takes a single issue, that of a great "what if", "if only I hadn't turned away", "if only I hadn't hesitated", and follows that idea from the position of a young Englishman staying in Sweden. While the film suffers from the same problems faced by many gay filmmakers of gay themes, namely that of low budgets restricting the scope of the work, the end result is aided by the fact that a 'localised emotion' (if the reader comprehends such a notion) need be dealt with only in a localised setting. (Note the emotional impact of Hitchcock's "Rear Window" or Natali's "Cube", neither of which goes beyond a very limited geography.) Vattnet (Water) will not make it as one of the great gay short film stories, but it is a pleasant observation of a moment that most of us in our earlier, and definitely 'clumsier' years will remember all too well. Aided by a competent filming style and competent acting, and this cannot be a waste of a useful 14 minutes.


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