09 20 Oct '24
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Hugo Claus

De verlossing

90' - 2000 - Drama, Comedy - Dialogue: Dutch
Director: Hugo Claus Composer: Henny Vrienten With: Gilda De Bal, Jan Decleir, Peter Van den Begin, Willeke Van Ammelrooy
This is the story of Magda’s last day alive. Bedridden and plagued by both a disappointing set of offspring and visions of Marleen, her malicious dead sister, Magda uses her final day to look back on her life, her children and her marriage. Her husband, Oscar, has allowed the house and garden to descend into chaos. Her dull son Johnny plies his trade as a security guard while her daughter Julia finds solace in her marriage to a second-rate footballer. And even now, in the midst of her musings on this, Marleen repeatedly interrupts the narrative by appearing as a vision here or in a flashback there, commenting, challenging, disapproving and blackmailing. With the assistance of her daughter Magda tries to pre-empt the allotted moment of her passing.

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Hugo Claus


Henny Vrienten


Gilda De Bal, Jan Decleir, Peter Van den Begin, Willeke Van Ammelrooy


Hugo Claus

Director of Photography

Goert Giltay


Menno Boerema


Paul Breuls, Catherine Vandeleene

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De verlossing (Hugo Claus)



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