Director: Michiel ten Horn
Original Title: Aanmodderfakker
Main Cast: Gijs Naber, Yannik van de Velde, Anniek Pheifer, Roos Wiltink
In a standout performance, which earned him Best Actor at the Dutch Film Awards (The Golden Calf Awards), Gijs Naber shines as a slacker in his mid-20s, utterly unsure about what to make of his life, or what to do with it. He has had love and lost it, had career opportunities and lost them; a doting mother, who he can’t relate to and a flat mate who he can’t bear to live with. In fact, he just can’t fit in with what modern life has to offer him. Against the odds, he finds a spark in a most unexpected relationship, but just when it looks like this might provide a certain purpose to his life, this wonderful comedy drama slips him into trouble again. The writing in this film is very sharp and playful; it’s hard to imagine a better performance from any actor, all the more so as he refuses to play for the audience’s sympathy, which makes it a genuinely thoughtful tour-de-force.