John Appel’s The Player starts with a letter his father wrote to him shortly before he died. Appel remem­bers his father, a real estate agent, as a man full of games and chal­lenges. Later, he found out his father was depen­dent on gambling. Based on three portraits of other gambling addicts, Appel now tries to gain a better insight into his father. We first meet Harry Engels, a flam­boyant book­maker. Despite having had a string of girl­friends, he is still alone. Resigned, he admits that his passion for the game outstrips that for women. Less fortu­nate is Harry Hofland, a compul­sive liar and gambling addict who has spent over ten years in jail. He intends to mend his ways, but during the shooting of the film it is clear he keeps using his cell phone to deceive people from his cell. Just as incur­able, poker player Ted Stolzen­bach is unable to resist the temp­ta­tions of the casino. The men that know every­thing about winning and losing grad­u­ally reveal what really drove John Appel’s father.


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Title: The Player
Year: 2009
Duration : 1 hour, 23 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2010

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Lange Documentaire (2010)
John Appel

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