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Mike van Diem
Maeve van der Steen,
Coen van Vrijberghe de Coningh
An eccentric multimillionaire signs an agreement to have his life ended. While selecting his coffin he meets a young woman who has signed up for the same arrangement. Trouble ensues when the couple falls in love and wishes to get out of the contract.Written by
This movie is based on a Dutch short story by Belcampo that director Mike van Diem wanted to adapt for years after winning a Best Foreign Picture Academy Award for Character (1997). It was initially considered for production in the USA, with Scarlett Johansson showing interest in playing the female lead. However, van Diem wasn't convinced that Johansen could do comedy and couldn't come to an agreement with the intended producer, so he took the project back to his native country, the Netherlands. See more »
In the hands of a typical Hollywood studios this would be a watered down formula movie, but I found the drama to stand out the most. It's a mistake to simply call this a romantic comedy. It is first and foremost a drama starting out as an examination of people in pain. And slowly embracing the quirky yet twisted predicament that ensues.
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