The winner of the 1997 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Film is an epic father-son struggle set in Holland in the 1920s. When a despised town bailiff is discovered with a knife through his heart, a young lawyer who had just visited the victim becomes the main suspect. Now, with the police asking questions, the barrister is ready to tell the story of a lifetime. Based on the popular classic Dutch novel, this powerful drama details a timeless rift between a despised patriarch and his illegitimate son – a struggle even the father knows the son is destined to win. Stunning visuals and outstanding performances deliver us deep into the heart of a Dickensian world that is austere and cruel yet full of passion, and take us closer to the limits of the human will.
Mike van Diem (born 1959, in Sittard, Limburg) is a Dutch film director.
In 1990 his short film Alaska won a Golden Calf for best short film and the Student Academy Award for best foreign student film in the drama category. In 1998 he received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for the film Character based on the 1938 novel Karakter by Ferdinand Bordewijk.
Nowadays he directs commercials. —Wikipedia
Sure, "Character" defines its title as a character study, and it is a haunting one. The film also noted for its gripping visual style and tone. The twist in the end of the film is kindda the downpart for me, it's not really worth all those interesting plots. The ending also failed to define (or redefine) its character. Great acting from both main actors, but Betty Schuurman is the real show.