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Grimm (2003)

Cast: Halina Reijn, Jacob Derwig, Carmelo Gómez, more...
Director: Alex Van Warmerdam
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Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Netherlands
Running Time: 104 min.

Written and directed by Alex van Warmerdam, Grimm is an absurdist, decidedly black take on the Hansel and Gretel story. Set in modern day Holland, Grimm centers around siblings Marie (Halina Reijn) and Jacob (Jacob Derwig), who were sent to the forest under the pretext of gathering firewood while, unbeknownst to them, their impoverished family left for parts unknown. Before long, Marie and Jacob learn of their abandonment; all that is left from their parents is a brief note advising them to go to Spain and take up residence with their uncle. The first setback comes in the form of a smarmy farmer (Frank Lammers) who forces Jacob to have sex with his obese wife (Annet Malherbe). Shortly afterwards, Marie turns to prostitution, but Jacob intervenes before she goes too far. Eventually, the siblings find a moped and take off for Spain -- only to find out that their uncle has died. When a wealthy surgeon (Carmelo Gomez) falls for Marie, the broke siblings' prospects seem to be looking up once gain. Unfortunately for them, the ultimate consequence of Marie's quickie marriage is nothing either of them would have imagined. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Climate Change by talltale September 28, 2005 - 3:54 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Somewhat surreal, and occasionally strangely funny, GRIMM gives us a modern version of the Grimm fairy tale about Handsel & Gretel. An early scene--featuring a table, a wall, the brother, sister and their captors--is probably the movie's highlight. It happens a bit early in the game, however, after which the scene, language, temperature and tone all change from Holland to Spain--and warm up considerably in the process.

Performances, writing and directing are OK, but the movie manages to seem both overcooked and underdone--and too reminiscent of others from the past decade or two. (If I'm not mistaken, the ghost-town set for the finale is the same one used by Alex de la Iglesia in "800 Bullets.") Finally, there's nothing all that interesting or special here, as well as no characters you come to care much about.

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