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540 Ratings

The Fourth Man

De vierde man

Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Netherlands, 1983
Thriller, LGBT+, Drama


Gerard Reve (Jeroen Krabbé), an alcoholic, bisexual novelist, leaves Amsterdam to deliver a lecture at the Vlissingen Literary Society. There, he becomes sexually involved with its attractive treasurer, Christine Halslag.

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The Fourth Man Directed by Paul Verhoeven

Awards & Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival

1983 | Winner: International Critics' Award

National Board of Review

1984 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

1984 | Winner: Best Foreign Film

Critics reviews

The Madonna-whore dichotomy, which can get tiring in most movies, is redeemed somewhat by Verhoeven’s nuanced exploration of queerness and Krabbé’s electric portrayal of a man driven to madness and alcoholism by his fragile notions of masculinity. Christine might be the devil, but the dreamlike logic of this Dutch thriller begs the question: are men like Gerard worth saving?
April 19, 2017
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