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May 6th (06/05) (2004)

Cast: Tara Elders, Tara Elders, Thijs Römer, more...
Director: Theo Van Gogh, Theo Van Gogh
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Studio: Koch Lorber Films
Genre: Foreign, Suspense/Thriller, Political Thriller, Netherlands
Running Time: 117 min.
Languages: French, Dutch
Subtitles: English
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The real-life murder of an idiosyncratic Dutch politician inspired this docudrama, which imagines a possible scenario behind the killing. Jim De Booy (Thijs Römer) is a new photographer who is on assignment, taking pictures of a popular television actress during an appearance at a radio station, when Pim Fortuyn, a controversial right-wing political figure, is shot to death shortly after finishing an interview at the same studio. When Jim develops the pictures, he discovers he accidentally caught the assassin on film, and he begins investigating the crime. Jim finds an ally in his research in Ayse (Tara Elders), who was once involved with the animal rights group that has claimed responsibility for the killing. However, while most people believe the killing was the irrational act of leftist fanatics, Ayse and her beau, Erdogan (Cahit Olmez), have another take to tell -- it seems members of the Dutch intelligence community had infiltrated the group and were pressuring the animal rights activists to attack Fortuyn. Could this have had anything to do with Fortuyn's opposition to a bill that would finance the purchase of a new fleet of fighter jets backed by powerful American business interests? 06/05: The Sixth of May was the final feature film for writer and director Theo Van Gogh. In a strange coincidence, Van Gogh was shot to death (as well as stabbed) in the fall of 2004 by a Muslim extremist who was offended by a film he made for television about the treatment of women in the Islamic community. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Wow. Not what I expected in a Dutch film by MKaliher January 13, 2008 - 11:51 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I just watched this terrific film for the second time, and I still only understand about 80% of what's going on--yet I love it. It's a complex tale, involving an anti-immigration politician, some misguided animal rights activists, and a daisy chain of government villains so evil they could have come out of the Cheney-Rumsfield-Perle White House. This script has so many twists and turns that if you step away from the screen to get a beer you'd better pause the disc or you'll be sure to miss something important. Thijs Römer is great, and entirely credible, as news photographer Jim de Booy, who stumbles upon the complex story, and Tara Elders gives an understated, yet compelling and emotional performance as the beautiful Ayse Him, a complex character who defends animal life but has little regard for some humans, and who isn't quite as selective as she might be in choosing boyfriends. Young Caro Lenssen also turns out a great performance as Jim's daughter, who comes to live with the photographer in the hope he'll accept her relationship with a Moroccan boyfriend better than her mother, from whom Jim is separated. Director Theo van Gogh's last of seventeen films is a thriller indeed. And his script, co-written with Tomas Ross (on whose book the film is based), is flawless.

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