On his birthday, a hitman reluctantly takes on the easy task of killing a writer, only to find the job a lot more difficult than expected.


Alex van Warmerdam
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Credited cast:
Tom Dewispelaere ... Schneider
Alex van Warmerdam ... Ramon Bax
Maria Kraakman ... Francisca
Gene Bervoets ... Mertens
Annet Malherbe ... Gina
Pierre Bokma ... Bolek
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Gerard
Loes Haverkort ... Lucy
Eva van de Wijdeven Eva van de Wijdeven ... Nadine
Ali Zijlstra ... Loetje
Mike Reus Mike Reus ... Supervisor
Bart Harder ... Jules
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fay Bakker Fay Bakker ... Oldest Daughter
Rosa Bakker Rosa Bakker ... Youngest Daughter
Renzo van Cleemputte Renzo van Cleemputte ... Blind boy


Schneider, a hit man, gets a call from Mertens on the morning of his birthday. He has a rush job for Schneider who refuses it, because it is his birthday and he has promised Lucy, his wife, to help her with the preparations for the dinner party. Mertens insists that it is an important matter. Schneider is told that the target is Ramon Bax, a writer. He lives alone in a secluded place. "It's an easy job. With a little luck you're back home before noon." Schneider accepts the assignment. What seems to be a simple job turns out to be more than expected.

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Schneider, a hit-man, is given a task: before the night has passed he must kill the writer Ramon Bax. It seems to be an easy task....


Comedy | Thriller


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Did You Know?


The part of Bax was intended for German actor Waldemar Kobus. However, he couldn't master the Dutch language or mannerisms required for the role. Director Alex van Warmerdam decided to take on the role himself on the advice of his wife and co-actor Annet Malherbe. See more »


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Wild & Dark Journey
30 October 2016 | by larrys3See all my reviews

This wild and dark Dutch film is not for everyone, but for those viewers who like all kinds of strange twists and surprises in their movies, this one could well be to your liking.

Tom Dewispalaere stars as Schneider, a contract killer who reluctantly takes a job on his birthday, as he's assured that the "hit" will be quick and simple, on a writer living in an isolated lakeside bungalow. Alex van Warmerdan, who also wrote and directed the film, co-stars as Bax the supposed intended victim.

However, I probably don't have to tell you that things will definitely not go according to plan, beginning with Bax's daughter Francisca (Maria Kraakman) showing up at the bungalow. From that point on, they'll be a whole series of bizarre happenings, that just get darker and darker as the movie progressed. To be aware,they'll be lots of drug usage on screen, a couple of scenes of nudity, an attempted sexual molestation, and, of course, lots of violence as you'd expect here.

All in all, if this type of black humor is done well, as I thought this one certainly was, it can be a real treat. Although some of the plot elements didn't make complete sense and I wasn't thrilled with the ending, the overall scope of the film made it really enjoyable for me.

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Release Date:

28 May 2015 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Schneider vs. Bax See more »

Filming Locations:

Biddinghuizen, Netherlands See more »


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EUR3,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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