A humorous reflection on the phenomenon midlife crisis. Married advertising executive Freek leaves with his young lover Alberta to Canada, where he learns that he is not the successful man he thought he was .
In 1888 Amsterdam, a stubborn violin maker and his pharmacist cousin face hardship and tragedy as they oppose the powerful businessmen who plan to force him from his house and erect a luxurious new hotel in its place.
Gijs Scholten van Aschat,
The film tells the love story between Hans (Barry Atsma) and Margje (Noortje Herlaar) - sweethearts since school. Hans grows up in a strict religious environment, with a brutal father. He ... See full summary »
In the impoverished southern Dutch province of Limburg, the bond between a former mine worker and his only son is put to the test as the latter takes it upon himself to pay his father's debts to a local gangster.
Remy van Heugten
Vincent van der Valk
On 23 May 2010, 21-year-old Tonio van der Heijden (played by Chris Peters) was hit by a car and taken in a critical condition to hospital, where he died. A tragic event that drastically changed the lives of his parents (played by Pierre Bokma and Rifka Lodeizen), who watched their only son pass away in intensive care. Reminded of his life by everything around and inside them, Tonio's life left a legacy of phantom pain for his parents who mourn, and struggle to prevent their own lives from being dragged into a downward spiral of sorrow. A.F. Th. van der Heijden based his novel TONIO (de Bezige Bij) on the tragis accident that took the life of his only son. The book won the Libris Prize and the NS Publieksprijs (Public Award), and its author the prestigious P.C. Hooft Award. Over 200,000 copies of the book have been sold to date.
Tonio is the Dutch submission for the 2017 Oscars. See more »
When Adrie and Mir are in the car to and from the hospital, the display in the dashboard of the car clearly shows '04.08.2015' which is probably the day the shooting was done, as the story is situated on May 23, 2010 (the day Tonio dies). See more »
'Tonio' (a kind of Dutch name for 'Anthony') makes a great film about an elderly Dutch couple, having lost their only (adolescent) child in a road accident.
We see how the mother and the father deal with the loss of their Tonio. Each in their own way. We also see the support they give each other, and the way they react on all influences coming in from the outside.
Very credible acting, that will go straight to your heart. Set in nowadays' Amsterdam, which always adds an extra to any film. But it is its picturing that makes 'Tonio' truly outstanding. Constantly switching between past en present, by using many well-timed flashbacks. In this way a very credible, deep & coherent story is woven.
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