Behind the ship­shape back­drop of a suburban district, some­thing dark lies hidden, the Polish au pair Ewa suspects. Her host family does not know what to do with this reti­cent, timid girl.

A Dutch couple with a second baby on the way takes on the Polish au pair Ewa. The language barrier in combi­na­tion with her intro­verted char­acter quickly makes the subdued tensions in the family mount. The little son is mad about her, but what is this reti­cent girl so absorbed with? Via two changes of perspec­tive, the audi­ence sees the events, apart from the family’s perspec­tive, from those of Ewa and an au pair friend, who is her complete oppo­site. Atyp­i­cally, this effect is not used as a trick to raise the tension, because despite the thriller element, Onder ons is primarily a drama exploring human rela­tion­ships and poor commu­ni­ca­tion against an ordered suburban back­drop. The script by Van Geffen and Jolein Laarman was nomi­nated for the Inter­na­tional Film­makers Award 2009 at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was made as the first part of a thematic trilogy on the corner­stone of society. The sequel will be Geen Naam by the same scriptwriting duo.

Title: Onder ons
Year: 2011
Duration : 1 hour, 30 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 2011

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Vrouwelijke Bijrol (2011)
Rifka Lodeizen

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