The leading characters in a feature film get entangled in a romantic conflict, when real life makes inroads in the film. By the time Simone has to choose between her two lovers in the film, reality and fiction have become indistinguishable.
The young director Martin makes a feature film, the leading parts of which are played by himself and his girlfriend Simone. In the film, she has to start an affair with another man, as a love test. Things go awry when Martin fires the actor and replaces him with Dirk, a crew member without any acting experience. Martin is happy about choosing an amateur, because it enhances the authenticity of his film. Until Simone falls in love with Dirk. This, by the way, also improves the film. Dirk starts acting better and even Martin's performance is raised to a higher level, because he suffers terribly. By the time Simone has to choose between her two lovers in the film, reality and fiction have become indistinguishable. Only Simone still knows what she is doing. Both men have become bogged down in their self-created swamp. Romantic feature film in which the real and the film world blend seamlessly.

Title: Het echte leven
Year: 2008
Duration : 1 hour, 27 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 2008

Gouden Kalf winner

Beste Camera (2008)
Menno Westendorp
Beste Montage (2008)
Robert Jan Westdijk

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Actrice (2008)
Sallie Harmsen
Beste Mannelijke Bijrol (2008)
Loek Peters
Beste Scenario (2008)
Robert Jan Westdijk

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