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A lonely widower finds himself facing both his own regrets and his devout Calvinist community when he takes a deranged vagrant into his home.


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Complete credited cast:
Ton Kas Ton Kas ... Fred
René van 't Hof René van 't Hof ... Theo
Porgy Franssen Porgy Franssen ... Kamps
Ariane Schluter ... Saskia
Helmert Woudenberg Helmert Woudenberg ... Predikant
Elise Schaap ... Trudy
Alex Klaasen Alex Klaasen ... Johan
Sieger Sloot ... Vader kinderpartijtje
Renske de Greef Renske de Greef ... Moeder kinderpartijtje
Michel Sluysmans Michel Sluysmans ... Gemeente ambtenaar
Ko Aerts Ko Aerts ... Autowasser
Lucas Dijker Lucas Dijker ... Jongen op voetbalveld
Kees Alberts Kees Alberts ... Johan 8 jaar


Devout Calvinist widower Fred leads a respectable, utterly boring life since he evicted his only son. Suddenly arrives Theo, a mentally impaired adult, mental age about five. Fred starts enjoying 'fathering' again, becomes protective and even defends him against bully urchins and the pretentious bigot sexton. When Theo asks to 'wed' Fred, both grumpy men's darkest secrets and regrets have to be dealt with. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

7 February 2013 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

A Montanha Matterhorn See more »

Filming Locations:

Beveren, Belgium See more »

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2.35 : 1
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30 September 2013 | by wozzizlozzSee all my reviews

I happened to catch Matterhorn by accident today on the Netherlands Film Festival, and boy, what an accident it was. It would be a good film, if this was supposed to be an exercise in nothingness. This film completely left me cold. Our main protagonist is a somewhat fundamentalist Christian believer, and I don't know if the intention was to try and make him 'deep' with an expressionless face and hardly any words spoken throughout the film, but I sure was convinced nothing actually happens in the man's brain, and whatever he decides to do, seemed to be completely random fluke occurrences all-the-time. He gives shelter to what appears to be a homeless, mentally handicapped guy. We see our protagonist do other completely random fluke actions now, the reaction from the tightly knit together Christian fundamentalist church on this, and... that's about it. There's no humor, there's no tragedy, the characters are about as bland as haystacks, it isn't even realistic, but to call it absurdistic is also giving it way too much credit. This film truly is, absolutely nothing. Stay away from this one, the most unoriginal people who ever existed appear to have been working together to make their masterpiece, and have succeeded.

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