Tussenstand (Stages)
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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 impassioned break-up on their troubled 17-year-old son. Roos (Elsie de Brauw) and Martin (Marcel Musters) are two middle-aged intellectuals who have spent years attempting to make their marriage work, only to realize that no amount of compromise will compensate for their irreconcilable differences. Unable to be alone in the same room due to the volatile emotions that… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The burden placed on the actors is an immense one, and they respond magnificently to a very loosely controlled form of filmmaking."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Rather than food for thought, De Jong's film chokes on its own dualism."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"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"
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Stages is short for a feature film, and because it's not even slightly inscrutable, it frequently comes off as artless."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"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."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"An admirably spare and forthright chamber piece about divorce and its painful central theme receives a mysterious, beautiful and eventually hopeful counterpoint."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
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