Directed by Mike Van Diem
Dickensian tale of passion, obsessiveness and a life-long struggle between father and son.
When the city's most hated court bailiff is found murdered, the young lawyer who last saw
him alive tells police of a lifelong struggle between a father and his illegitimate son.
Distinguished by a great performance by Jan Decleir, the visually stark and beautiful film
is "given a quiet ferocity by Decleir's formidable performance
and has a
tough-love dimension that is not so very surprising" (Janet Maslin, New York Times).
Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards. Dutch with English subtitles.