Character (Karakter)
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This dark drama from the Netherlands won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Dreverhaven (Jan Decleir), the most ruthless and intimidating bailiff in Rotterdam, is brutally murdered, and a young attorney, Katadreuffe (Fedja Van Huet), is arrested in connection with the crime. Under questioning, the angry young lawyer reveals a hidden motive for the killing -- he is Dreverhaven's illegitimate son. Katadreuffe's mother, Joba (Betty Schuurman) had an affair with Dreverhaven but refused to marry him, preferring to raise her son on her own, despite her difficult economic… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This powerful family melodrama from the Netherlands won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Very well shot, but narratively it's pretentious, wannabe Kafka, heavyhanded dreck. Not sure how it won an Oscar."
‑ Dan Fienberg,
"Tremendous emotional energy is brought to the screen by an excellent story and exceptionally fine performances."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A remarkably stylish, well-crafted film that constantly surprises on the level of cinematic creativity alone."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Dickensian in style, and not without a dash of Kafka, the film is beautifully shot by Rogier Stoffers and Mike van Diem's direction and screenplay are nigh perfect."
‑ Brandon Judell, New York Theatre Wire
"two hours spent with a handful of miserable, monochromatic people... That said, the movie is also extremely well-made..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Predictable and dreadfully misconceived."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Van Diem uses cinematic technique to propel his story; he doesn't treat the story as an excuse to show off his technique"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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