Synopsis: A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process.
Director(s): Alex van Warmerdam
Production: Drafthouse Films
  11 wins & 22 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min


And they descended upon the earth

to strengthen their ranks


Jesus man, what's up?

- Why don't you answer the phone?

Asleep, wasn't I?

- We've been grassed on. Get moving.

Is it urgent?

- Yes, make sure I can ring you.

Hey, Camiel. Everything OK?

- No.

Why don't you pick up the phone?

Get away from here. Soon as you can.

Good afternoon, madam.


I wonder if I could have a bath here.

I'm a bit dirty.

Good afternoon.

You're Mr van Schendel?

- Yes?

Could I perhaps just take a bath here?

Beg pardon?

- A shower would do.

Don't think so.

- You'd be doing me a great favour.

You see, I haven't been able to wash

for ages.

That may well be, but you can't.

Wait a minute.

You're turning it into a problem.

I'm just a traveller who needs a wash.

I don't know you

and I don't let strangers in.

I'm Anton Breskens.

Born in Flanders to Dutch parents.

Doesn't sound at all good. Goodbye.

I know your wife.

You know my wife?

Why are you here, you runt?

- Take it easy.

I'm not making any claims.

I can't help knowing your wife.

Who is it?

Do you know this man?

- No.


- Breskens.

Doesn't ring a bell.

I don't know him.

Come on, Maria. The hospital.

Remember? You were my nurse.

I'm not a nurse and I'm not called Maria.

- You were then.

Admit it, Maria.

- My wife's name is Marina.

Marina, Maria... What's the difference?

She doesn't know you.

You hear me? Off with you!

Marina, you nursed me for three months.

You read to me at night.

Sometimes you came and lay down with me.

Am I in for it

because I knew your wife?

If you don't get out of here

I'll bash your face in.

Marina, does he have to be so aggressive?

Don't, Richard.

Bugger off.




Who is that bastard?

Are you hiding things from me?

Did you used to be a nurse?

Of course not.

- Who is he? Do you know him?

What do you think?

- Don't wind me up. Do you know him or not?

No, I don't know him.

We promised each other something once.

Yes, to be honest.

I am. I don't know him.

Listen Richard, you laid into a man.

He needs care.

The ship moved away from the quay.

The children waved to their father

who stood on the poop deck.

He waved back with a small handkerchief.

The ship passed the pier

and sailed out to sea.

Their father grew smaller and smaller, but

he kept waving. And so did they, of course.

Until they couldn't see each other

any longer.

And now to bed.


My little flower...

My king...

Sleep tight.

Stornebrink rang.

There's going to be chaos.

I've got to go there.

- OK.

I'm here.

Shoes off.

Walk quietly.

Can I trust you?

Sleep well.




Are you a tiny bit ill?

- We'll be late.

Mum, we're off.

- Bye.

I saw a magician.

She's delirious.

She's not running a temperature.

Any chance of breakfast together?

I would appreciate it if you left.

I can give you a lift.

Drop you somewhere?

I have to go?

- Please.

Some soup, one night's sleep,

and the damage is bought off?

It hurts everywhere.

That's terrible.

My husband misbehaved. I'm sorry.

Is that all a nurse can say: I'm sorry?

What use is sympathy to me?

I need nursing. Nurse me.

What about breakfast?

- I'm not a nurse. Never have been.

I can take you to a private clinic.

At my expense.

I'm not ill, I'm in pain.

Have a heart, Marina. I feel good here.

A deer came to my window in the night

I don't ask much. A new bandage

now and then, a bit of iodine.

Just a few days.

Promise you won't show yourself?


Make peace with your husband.

It was to protect you. That's to be praised.

You have 1 new message.

Has the time come yet?


Send message.

What came over you yesterday?

It just happened.

One thing led to another.

I thought it was quite a big thing.

- Why did it scare you?

Your fanaticism scared me.

Such a bastard.

He wasn't too bad, I thought.

I didn't.

You nearly kicked him to death.

I'm here.

You were not to show yourself.

- Just a question.

This house is off-limits.

I simply long for a bath.

Isolde is asleep.

There's no one else in the house.

You've already had a bath.

- That was two days ago.

I am dirty, I stink.

You mustn't become a problem.

I've never been a problem to anyone.

Where's Mummy?

Mummy's downstairs.

Do you know the story of the white child

that floats above the clouds?

Shall I tell it some time?

Go back to bed then.

Don't worry. I'll be gone before he's inside.

Follow me.

- No, you'd better follow me.


That's impossible, Richard.

For you.

Yes, I can see that.

What am I to do with it?

- Just try it on.

I'm really annoyed

that you bought this for me.

The white child stood at the edge

of the lake in the forest.

She was very wary.

The lake was perhaps not very large

but it was known to be very deep.

Maybe as deep as a block of flats is tall.

And everybody knew that there was

something alive in it.

A beast.

A large beast with scales...

...and a beak with five hundred

small sharp teeth.

And that beast guarded

the golden key to happiness.

The white child cried.

Surely she couldn't dive that deep?

You're early. Off with you.

Isolde was crying. She had a nasty dream.

There was unrest. Now it's all right.

You're not allowed to be in here.

I want you to take that seriously!

She was crying.

If I hear a child crying I go and see it.

Stine comes home late,

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Alex van Warmerdam

Alex van Warmerdam (born 14 August 1952) is a Dutch screenwriter, film director, and actor. He is also a painter. more…

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