Wednesday, 29 April 2015

A brief film review: "Dorsvloer vol confetti" [2014 Netherlands, Belgium]

Director Tallulah Hazekamp Schwab makes her feature-film début with the sweet and heart-warming coming-of-age drama "Dorsvloer Vol Confetti" [Eng. Title: Confetti Harvest].

Hendrikje Nieuwerf in "Dorsvloer vol confetti" aka "Confetti Harvest" From "Dorsvloer vol confetti" aka "Confetti Harvest"
Hendrikje Nieuwerf and Suzan Boogaerdt in "Dorsvloer vol confetti" aka "Confetti Harvest" Hendrikje Nieuwerf and Hannah van Lunteren in "Dorsvloer vol confetti" aka "Confetti Harvest"
Hendrikje Nieuwerf and Yannick de Waal in "Dorsvloer vol confetti" aka "Confetti Harvest" Hendrikje Nieuwerf in "Dorsvloer vol confetti" aka "Confetti Harvest"

Set within a conservative farming community in the Dutch countryside sometime during the early eighties, the film centres around a precocious twelve year old Katelijne (Hendrikje Nieuwerf) growing up in a large family.

We see a stoic mother (Suzan Boogaerdt) and a hard working father (Steven van Watermeulen) bringing up their seven children in an orthodox Christian environment where everyone knew their place. And the discipline, apart from their parochial education, also extended to sharing household chores and farming duties.

A naturally curious Katelijne, whilst wholeheartedly undertaking her tasks, is nevertheless drawn towards a wider, more modern world with secular and material values that she discovers during a brief stay at her aunt's in the city. She takes advantage of the liberal surroundings to try out fashionable goods and dress-up as an adult.

Katelijne also has a vivid imagination; she captivates her siblings by feeding them fantastical accounts made up by mixing truth with fiction, which while well-intentioned, will invariably land them in trouble, and sometimes, peril. One such occasion shall see her elder brother Christiaan (Yannick de Waal) forced into a marriage. It is her gesture to make amends in her very own way that lends the film its title.

Carefully composed and endearingly captured in bright hues, Talullah lends a nostalgic air to her film by accompanying it with a cheerful soundtrack. Her pleasant, sweet, and innocent protagonist might just as well be a pubescent version of Amélie. Recommended Viewing..!

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The Nudity: Laurine Booij and Lotte Oskam
There is brief nudity in a scene when Katelijne narrates a story to Christiaan concerning two "pale" girls in the village who allegedly had the habit of sunbathing naked on the bed when their parents were not around. On one such occasion, a stranger who notices them will attempt to break in. Christiaan naturally gets curious and wants to know more...

Laurine Booij and Lotte Oskam nude in the 2014 Dutch film "Dorsvloer vol confetti" aka "Confetti Harvest".


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