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October 13, 2011
I've seen it for the second time now and Rifka Lodeizen gives an amazing performance. My experience with dutch movies is that they can be very theatrical, but this movie isn't.
It's about a strong and eccentric young woman who decides in a whim to buy an old house in the country and leave Amsterdam after a traumatic experience.
May 24, 2010
μια α??ι? καλ??ε?έ? γ?ναικείε? ε?μηνείε? ?ο? έ?? δει ?ο?έ α?ο ?ην Rifca Lodeizen! ?ολ? καλή ?κηνοθε?ία και ένα soundtrack ανα??ι?ια??ικά ??αίο,γ?αμένο για??ήν ?ην ?αινεία..
½ November 24, 2009
I missed the first couple of minutes of this film, and considering that's when the BIG EVENT happens I missed the lead up to it so was a little bit confused about the circumstances. I'm not sure that extra insight would have helped actually, because the film itself is quite confusing and it's hard to tell what is actually happening, what is a flashback, what is a fantasy and what is a dream. The director has really mastered the ability to trick the audience, and thus she puts the main character (Marieke) through the ringer and then some.

Recovering from the nasty events at the beginning of the film, Marieke moves to a dilapidated farm-house in the Dutch countryside to try and get over her trauma. The bleak loneliness of her surroundings (very akin to the Yorky Moors I thought) and the recurring memories of the events send her into a disturbing pattern of behaviour, showcasing almost a split personality at times - she is friendly to her neighbour, she yells at him to leave her alone, she welcomes his offer to mend her drain, she then hides from him when he knocks at the door (poor bloke must have thought she was barmy!). Meanwhile she tries to find solace in chat rooms on the internet, and strikes up a 'friendship' with one user who preys upon her weak state of mind and tells her to take revenge on her attacker. Marieke is already having fantasies about locking up and torturing her assailant, and this only feeds the fuel of her desire - but to make it a reality. Simultaneous to this, 'happy' Marieke becomes friendlier with her neighbour and sleeps with him one night, resulting in a pregnancy.

I was confused by events towards the end of the film, as it seems to rely heavily on flashback and plans to meet up with the chat-room user to plan out and take revenge on her attacker. I'm not sure whether this actually took place or whether it was all happening in her head - I started to question the time line of the whole film and it all got a bit crazy! It didn't make me want to throw up my hands in despair however, and storm out of the cinema. It's intelligent storytelling rather than messy, and it has all the makings of one of those films you need to watch several times before you begin to appreciate the real depth and complexity of the plot.

The central performance of Marieke is a raw and unyielding spectacle for any hard-nosed viewer. The actress who plays her is throughly amazing at being able to convey all the emotions, all the stages that a victim of an attack goes through with such force and authenticity. Give this girl an Oscar! And what else was brilliant was the inventive and original film making, particularly use of sound and background audio - it was extremely effective at creating suspense in a scene, or helping us understand the turmoil raging inside Marieke's head - it was especially good during the court room scene where the situation presses in on her and she just has to get out for some air. And the theme of water throughout the film was expertly used as well - the film ends with an almost identical scene to one at the beginning, but this time with a very different connotation. It was really well done.

A taut and complex Dutch thriller from a really exciting director, boasting a stunning performance from its lead actress. Hopefully lots more people will get to see it and admire what it exudes. Another call from me for wider distribution, please! Oh, and more reviews online so I can find out exactly what was going on nearer the end!
½ November 20, 2009
An utterly pointless film about some woman who goes a bit mental after some man breaks into her house and tries to sexually abuse her but only gets as far as beating her up a bit. Rather cliched, very dull and ultimately just futile. The only thing worth noting is the editing which was actually very original albeit clearly inspired by Taxi Driver. There were some nice little techniques that enhanced the story in there.

Personal enjoyment: 5/10
Actual quality as a film: 5/10
½ November 8, 2009
de beste nederlandse film in jaren. Rifka Lodeizen is wonderbaarlijk, Wim Opbrouck vult haar perfect aan!
½ April 4, 2009
Great film--kind of disturbing though--its about a woman that gets raped and how she deals with it afterwards--fantasy revenge sequences, flashbacks, and actual revenge sequences, paranoia---all kind of meld together in a slightly schizophrenic way--original music was great too---although it was a little too loud
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