Character Movie Review 1997

Information and Film Reviews for Character the Movie

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Based on the 1938 novel by F. Bordewijk, which follows the troubled relationship of young lawyer Jacob Willem Katadreuffe (van Huet) and his overbearing father in 1920s Rotterdam. Dreverhaven (Decleir) is a powerful baliff who has an illegitimate son with his servant, Joba (Schuurman), who turns down his marriage proposal. Still, Dreverhaven is determined to control his son's life, even if it means ruining him first. No wonder the old man gets murdered. Dark and unsentimental. Dutch with subtitles.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL:, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on VHS
Running time 114 minutes.
Originally from Dutch.

Cast and Crew

Flashback, Bad Dads, Law & Lawyers, Period Piece: 1920s
Mike van Diem
Fredja Van Huet, Jan Decleir, Betty Schuurman, Victor Low, Tamar van den Dop, Hans Kestig
Rogier Stoffers
Mike van Diem
Paleis Van Boem
Laurens Geels, Sony Pictures Classics


Oscars 1997: Foreign Film.

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