A drama of lies and betrayal. The story centers on Remco, a real estate tycoon swept away by his devouring passion for women. During his 50th birthday party, thrown by his wife Ineke, Remko displays the most despicable aspects of his character. His business partners, Wim and Fred, are scheming behind his back to create scandal and sell him out. And to make matters worse Merel, his current mistress and his daughter’s best friend, shows up at the party uninvited. And worse still, Nadja, Remco’s previous lover, makes her entrance without an invitation, but pregnant.
Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969 he directed the popular Dutch TV series Floris (1969), about a medieval knight. This featured actor Rutger Hauer who has appeared in many of Verhoeven’s later films. Verhoeven’s first feature, Wat zien ik (1971) (trans. What do I See?), was released in 1971. However it was his second, Turks fruit (1973), with its combination of raw sexuality and a poignant story line, that gained him great popularity in the Netherlands, especially with male audiences. When his films, especially Soldaat van Oranje (1977) and De vierde man (1983), received international recognition, Verhoeven moved to the US. His first US film was Flesh & Blood (1985), 1985, but it was RoboCop (1987) and especially Total Recall… read more
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