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

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

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.

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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