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May 6th (06/05) back to product details

Wow. Not what I expected in a Dutch film
written 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.


(Average 6.90)
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