A middle-aged veterinary surgeon believes his wife pampers him too much. In order to get away from her, he fakes the onset of dementia.


Johan Nijenhuis


Radek Bajgar (original screenplay "Teorie tygra"), Herman Finkers | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herman Finkers Herman Finkers ... Jan
Johanna ter Steege ... Gedda
Leonie ter Braak Leonie ter Braak ... Liesbeth
Ferdi Stofmeel ... Erik
Stef Assen Stef Assen ... Peter
Aniek Stokkers Aniek Stokkers ... Ilse
Daphne Bunskoek Daphne Bunskoek ... Julia
Annie Beumers Annie Beumers ... Oma Sinie
Jan Roerink Jan Roerink ... Opa Arend
Reinier Bulder Reinier Bulder ... Antoon
Erik Dijkstra Erik Dijkstra ... Mark
Mick Idzes Mick Idzes ... Driekus
Gerda ter Haar Gerda ter Haar ... Jantien
Jan Hulsegge Jan Hulsegge ... Meneer Koelman
Annemiek Kuper Annemiek Kuper ... Verzorgster


Jan and Gedda have been married to each other for a long time in the Beentjes of Sint-Hildegard. They have known each other for a very long time, Gedda always tries to be one step ahead of Jan. Jan longs for more freedom. When his father-in-law dies, he wants to do something about that suffocating relationship. But then the first signs of Alzheimer's begin to manifest in Jan. Written by nielsie33

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This movie takes place in the East-Netherlands region of Twente, and most dialogue is spoken in the regional language, Twents. The director and principle cast all come from Twente as well. See more »


When Jan is reading the scrapbook of his father in law in the goat shed, he turns the page from the pictures of the river to the next page. In the following close shot, he turns again from the same page of the pictures of the river to the next page. See more »


Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #16.17 (2020) See more »

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Joyful surprise !
16 February 2020 | by e-cornelisseSee all my reviews

One of the best Dutch movies of the past years. Spoken dialect is the finishing touch of a well written and well played story. Good choice of cast. I had a smile on my face for the entire movie. Literally and as a matter of speaking a breath of fresh air. This movie has merit ("heeft zin" in Dutch).

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13 February 2020 (Netherlands) See more »

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