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Tussenstand (Stages) (2007)

Tussenstand (Stages) (2007)

Tussenstand (Stages)



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Social worker-turned-feature film dramatist Mijke de Jong illustrates the old adage that time heals all wounds with this semi-improvised domestic drama charting the complicated divorce of an unhappily couple, and the effect of the impassioned break-up on their troubled 17-year-old son. Roos (Elsie de Brauw) and Martin (Marcel Musters) are two middle-aged intellectuals who have spent years attempting to make their marriage work, only to realize that no amount of compromise will compensate for their irreconcilable differences. Unable to be alone in the same room due to the volatile emotions that erupt when they attempt to find a common ground, the fractured couple carries on bickering as their adolescent son, Isaac (Stijn Koomen), falls into a dangerous pattern of juvenile delinquency.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Mijke de Jong, Jolein Laarman
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Joan Nederlof
as Carolien
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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

The burden placed on the actors is an immense one, and they respond magnificently to a very loosely controlled form of filmmaking.

Full Review… | November 12, 2008
New York Observer
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Stages is short for a feature film, and because it's not even slightly inscrutable, it frequently comes off as artless.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
AV Club
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The phrase 'divorced couple' sounds like an oxymoron, but there's really no other way to describe the Dutch ex-spouses whose table talk dominates Stages.

November 5, 2008
New York Times
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Rather than food for thought, De Jong's film chokes on its own dualism.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
Time Out
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De Jong's technique of filming conversations with the camera latched onto one character for minutes at a time is both disorienting and almost suffocatingly intimate.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
Village Voice
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Full Review… | July 2, 2007
New York Post
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