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Martin Koolhoven Feature film - 2004 - 88 min.

Gouden Kalf-winnaar

Beste Actrice Monic Hendrickx

Gouden Kalf-nominatie

Beste Production Design Floris Vos

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Psychological drama in which Monic Hendrickx plays the self-assured Martje, who runs a thriving laundrette. The predominantly immigrant women working there worship their boss. When Martje falls in love with the new driver Loe (Frank Lammers), a great personal sorrow appears to lie hidden behind this seemingly strong woman's facade. Since one of her breasts was amputated, Martje wears a prosthesis, which makes relationships and motherhood delicate subjects for her. When Loe reacts awkwardly when they are cuddling and Martje cries on an employee's shoulder, the staff draw their conclusion and lock the man up in the boiler room. Martje does not intervene and gets caught up in lies ever further until she completely loses her sense of reality. A chain reaction of catastrophic events ensues. The style of the film is based on Lars von Trier's Dogma doctrine: as much natural light and sound as possible, handheld cameras and no tricks.

Credits

Director(s) Martin Koolhoven
Producer(s) Els Vandevorst
Production Company
Isabella Films
Zentropa Productions
Cosmokino
Co-producer(s)
Executive Producer
Director of Photography
Production Design
Editing
Mixage
Soren Bjerregaard
Sound on Set
Henri Morelle
Music
Cast
TV Company
Distribution
Production Country
Netherlands