Character (Karakter)
Character (Karakter) (1997)

The Horatio Alger impulse meets the Dickensian short-circuit in this atmospheric, Oscar-winning, character-driven 1920s drama about a would-be Dutch yuppie and his bitter, twisted father.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 17, 1997
DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

This powerful family melodrama from the Netherlands won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

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Dan Fienberg

Very well shot, but narratively it's pretentious, wannabe Kafka, heavyhanded dreck. Not sure how it won an Oscar.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Tremendous emotional energy is brought to the screen by an excellent story and exceptionally fine performances.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A remarkably stylish, well-crafted film that constantly surprises on the level of cinematic creativity alone.

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Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire

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.

James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

two hours spent with a handful of miserable, monochromatic people... That said, the movie is also extremely well-made...

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Predictable and dreadfully misconceived.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Van Diem uses cinematic technique to propel his story; he doesn't treat the story as an excuse to show off his technique

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