Idle hands are the devil’s tools. This old saying proves true when a group of youths with nothing to do go looking for excitement and find trouble instead. Filmed at a juvenile detention facility and starring juvenile delinquents, award-winning director Theo van Gogh takes a controversial look at youth violence in Europe and challenges viewers to examine whether boredom and apathy serve as gateways into a life of crime. –jaman.com
Few Europeans have deliberately riled up as much virulent and explosive controversy during their lifetimes as the muckraking Dutch director (and politically incendiary journalist) Theo van Gogh did during his all-too-brief 47 years; in the end, it led to van Gogh’s murder on an Amsterdam street at the hands of a Muslim extremist.
The great-grandson of an earlier Theo Van Gogh (the art-dealer brother of Vincent), the younger Theo was born in The Hague in 1957. He cultivated a raw passion for filmmaking during his youth — to such a degree that although he initially enrolled as a law student during the late ‘70s, the desire to direct motion pictures provoked his decision to drop completely out of law school and start shooting films. Van Gogh’s directorial tendencies were not limited to ambition; they extended equally into the realm of talent. This ability first became evident with van Gogh’s debut, the 1981 film noir variation Luger, which stars Thom Hoffman and the filmmaker himself… read more