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(Karakter, Netherlands, 1997)

Winner of the Best Foreign Language Oscar for 1997. I have to say that though this was a watchable and sometimes entertaining film. I don’t see it as Oscar-worthy. Well, it wasn’t the first time the Academy made a mistake, and it wasn’t the last, either. For all I know the four other nominees were no better, but I’m unlikely to ever see them. It’s about a young man whose father is a wealthy bailiff. He at first seems to try to do the right thing in supporting the boy, but his very strange mother won’t accept any help. His life has ups and down, and finally he is accused of killing the old man. So it’s a bit of a whodunit. I won’t reveal the ending, but it all left me strangely unsatisfied.