Sort of a cross between "Love Story" and an earthy Rembrandt painting, this movie stars Rutger Hauer as a gifted Dutch sculptor who has a stormy, erotic, and star-crossed romance with a beautiful young girl. The story follows the arc of their relationship and his interaction with her family.
An insane love story! Dangerous all around but with its heart in the right place.
A bruised, damaged love story that's heavy on raw sexuality and twisted melodrama without recourse to easy sentimentality.
It's also darkly comic in spite of the doomed nature of their love.
Rutger Hauer, as a free spirited lothario who embodies the spirit of his time and place, has never been better and Monique van de Ven exudes a fragility and power that proves potent. Together, they exude a toxicity that eventually physically manifests itself.
It's tough at times and the sexual politics make Hauer's character a hard protagonist to love, or even like, but the way it combines a variance of styles and tones to create something that feels so bold is captivating.
A film that deserves to be bigger in status than it is.
A film that was perhaps worth persisting with, as beneath the vulgarity and some poorly developed characters (Olga's parents, Eric's friend) there is buried an unexpectedly romantic story.
The best Dutch film of the 70's (in fact the only one i've seen). Hauer is pretty good, not sure if i would have got through the film without him...thanks Rutger!
Här talar vi amour fou in i det sista. Välgjord men saknar det där extra. Både regissören och fotografen gick vidare till Hollywood med lite blandat resultat.
Om jag inte missminner mig så läste jag romanen som filmen bygger på någon gång på slutet av sjuttiotalet...