In his second feature, subtitled A Love Mystery, Pim de la Parra aims at the international market by using foreign actors and English dialogue.
Book adaptation of the novel Hip-Hip-Hip voor de Antikrist by Heere Heeresma.
To hasten the return of Christ, the world is transformed into a den of iniquity, a modern Sodom and Gomorrah. On the grounds of the psychiatric institution called ‘Hoop doet leven’ (‘Hope brings life’), an aristocratic family with grown children and two servants get up to all sorts of sinful acts and orgiastic meals which are vaguely reminiscent of Marco Ferreri's La grande bouffe (1973).
A sort of Dutch take on Love Story, but without the sentimentality. Paul Verhoeven's adaptation of Jan Wolkers’ best-selling novel broke all box office records. Humour and tragedy, violence and tenderness, love and death are all taken as much for granted as in real life.
Surreal looking film about a shy window dresser who projects his fantasies onto the shop window dummies.
Rob lives in the country and hardly meets people. One night he is told that the old aristocrat with whom he used to play chess has died. The man has left him his chess set. Van Rijn’s foster daughter comes to see him. Rob was in love with her once but has not seen her for a long time. What does she want? It turns out it is the king from the chess set, made from solid gold.
This film is a reasonably accurate adaptation of Willem Elsschot's last work, a 40-page melancholic novella written in 1948.
Well-constructed character analysis of a young religious woman who is paralysed and promises God that she will become a nun if she is cured and discovers love.
To Luc Monheim, who was known as an avant-garde painter and sculptor before going into film, the big city symbolises the breakdown of communication. It gave him a sense of nihilism and his focus is on people who have been rejected by society as ‘fringe cases’.
His film describes the search by Tomasz, a Polish refugee, for a young woman who once helped his mother to escape to the West. While roaming through Antwerp he gets to know all kinds of shady characters and is involved in a brief love affair with Linda.
Psychological thriller about a man who loses his memory.
A young man is found roaming the streets. He suffers from amnesia and is taken to a psychiatric hospital. The police think he may be involved in a murder. Slowly the man regains his memory and a plot is revealed in which he seems to be both perpetrator and victim.
‘Age is not better, hardly as well qualified to be an instructor of youth, for it has not profited as much as it has lost.’ With these words by Thoreau, Nikolai van der Heyde ends his fascinating film about a Dutch boy and an American girl who try to live their own lives in the narrow-minded province of Friesland of the 1920s.
A funny feature film by Wim Verstappen with a moral, but little pretension.
However, there is a touch of feminism to the story of a young, married woman who, on a sudden impulse, leaves her home and family - a husband and two children - because she feels the need to prove herself somewhere and in some way. The film mainly depicts the male reactions to this impudent female ‘escape attempt’, which, according to Western morals, naturally has to fail without anyone getting really hurt.