Cloaca

WILLEM VAN DE SANDE BAKHUYZEN — IDTV — 2003


Four old student friends are temporarily thrown back on each other due to circumstances. Joep is a member of the House of Representatives. He is in a marital crisis and lives with his friend Pieter for the time being. Pieter works as an official at the municipality. For years he has been allowed to pick a painting from the municipal art depot for his birthday, but now that those paintings have increased in value, the municipality wants the artwork back. Tom is a coke-addicted top lawyer. He tries to help Pieter, but because of his addiction he has actually been eliminated as a lawyer. The fourth friend, Maarten, is on the verge of the premiere of his play in which Joep’s 18-year-old daughter, with whom Maarten secretly has a relationship, plays a role. The men decide to help each other out of feelings of solidarity, but the old friendship and earlier expectations can not withstand the test of time and their selfish ambitions.

 

awards
» Prix Europe, Berlin 2005
» Audience Award, Dutch Film Festival 2003
» Special Jury Award, Dutch Film Festival 2003