Tussenstand (Stages)
Tussenstand (Stages) (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 2, 2007
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York

Rather than food for thought, De Jong's film chokes on its own dualism.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Like an episode out of Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage, Stages distills the essence of a divorce into a few select moments. This Dutch import is hardly groundbreaking, but it captures human beings in existential crisis better than ma

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Stages is short for a feature film, and because it's not even slightly inscrutable, it frequently comes off as artless.

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Michelle Orange
Village Voice

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.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Director Mijke de Jong employs a fractured style to match the personalities of its characters, but this synchronicity isn't so much heartfelt as it is solipsistic.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

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.

John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

An admirably spare and forthright chamber piece about divorce and its painful central theme receives a mysterious, beautiful and eventually hopeful counterpoint.

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