1h 31min | Thriller | 31 October 2002 (Netherlands)
4 wins & 4 nominations
Director: Paula van der Oest
Writer: Carel Donck
Stars: Hunter Bussemaker, Franck Sasonoff, Andrew Howard
Claire lives with her wealthy adopted parents in a luxurious and isolated house in the woods. She discovers a wounded and bleeding boy her age in her family’s garden shed. The boy is a young drug courier from Afghanistan; shot and wounded after serving his purpose as human packing material. Claire decides to keep the boy a secret. He slowly recovers under her care; and they fall in love. When the drug dealers return and Claire’s family is due to move back to the city; they decide to flee; though Claire finds it difficult to outrun her past as an abandoned child.
Numerous American reviewers on this site reveal their limitations in their comments. A lot of what they criticize or complain about in this movie are things that take us deeper into the moment of the story that takes place in a different world than they’re familiar with. I was also thrown off a bit, until I realized that this wasn’t from the European world of film that I’m used to (France, Spain, Germany, Italy).
Larien (playing the main character) is brilliant. What the film does lack is over-played dumbed-down dialogue and over explanation. The settings nicely reinforce the various moods. The girl’s coming of age theme is brilliantly played out with subtle and not so subtle devices.