Synopsis: Bookkeeper Jacob newest client is the talented and flamboyant actress Anne. They first meet each other on her houseboat, the morning after the premiere of Anne's new theatrical play. Jacob soon discovers that Anne has made a mess of her personal finances and that she has several debts. She may even have to sell her houseboat. Anne gets into a blind panic as she definitely has no intention to sell the boat where she has so many memories. Jacob becomes fascinated about Anne's world and is not concerned anymore with his own personal life and wife. Anne is trying to get money and is convinced that Jacob can save her financial mess. Despite Anne's plans and efforts, the boat must be sold by auction. During the evening of the auction, Anne has organized a big good-bye dinner and has invited all her colleagues and friend on the boat. When Jacob is about to inform Anne about how he wants to save Anne's houseboat (he has bought it himself for her), she comes up with a totally different plan..
Director(s): Paula van der Oest
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
90 min

Anne, you were brilliant.

-Thank you, good to see you here.

Thank you.

Fedor. I still don't have the new script.

How about resting for a few days first?

-I'll just ask Joost for a copy.

Sweetie. You're my idol.

I'll never be as gifted as you are, never.

You're gifted too prettier than me.

And younger.

The younger the better.

Did you notice I left out

an entire piece of text?

I'd get dressed if I was you,

the press roaming about.

Exactly why I'm taking my time.

Was that Lex in the audience?

-I don't know, didn't see him.

With that girlfriend of his?

What's her name again?

I can't recall her name either.

Vanessa? No, Veronica.


Isn't llse here yet?

-That must be them.

Here she is.

Mrs Slot, great to be able

to shoot here. Fine atmosphere.

How did the premiere go?

-What's your impression?

I certainly want to watch

your show sometime.

Splendid. Drop by afterwards

and we'll discuss it at length.

I want to know how much you've been

influenced by your years of working...

...with Lex Kessels? We're doing

a special about young actresses.

We interviewed Vanessa de Jong,

his girlfriend.

And now... you.

Well, where to begin...

Yes, Lex had a tremendous influence

on me. As well as my parents, friends...

...my nursery school teacher, I was

simply crazy about her, my sister...

...and the local baker also

had a huge influence.

You don't mind if I take a shower, right?

One more question:

what's your next role?

I'll be doing the lead

in the new Houellebecq.

Oh, cool.

Did you get it?

Nick, darling, I haven't had a joint

in years, but now I could use a hit...

...or two.

Take care, will you?

I don't feel a thing.

Was the same in the old days.

Watch the drinking with it.

-Is there still champagne?

The mess people manage to make.

You can't even begin to imagine.

The woman I'm busy with now,

she spent 545 euros on a pair of shoes.

For a few scraps of leather.

Oh yes...


-No, don't say it.


-What you were going to say.

What was I going to say?

Never mind.

Take me to your house?


Take me to your house?

Take me to your house?


I don't have a house, it's a boat.

You've got to have sturdy sea legs, which

you don't. You'll probably just puke...

...and I'll have to clean and I really

don't feel like cleaning it up.

Take me to your house?

-All good things come to an end...

...so better not to delay, now we still like

each other, let's part as friends. Agreed?

Take me to your...


Toodle-loo, cameraman.


Mrs Slot?

Mrs Slot?

You have any idea what time it is?

I just fell asleep.

Sorry to disturb you.

I'm Jacob Meijer.

Your new bookkeeper.

We have an appointment.

The morning after the premiere?

I don't think so.


-Mrs Slot...

We had an appointment on the 8th...

...but that would have been

the day after your first show...

...so then we rescheduled for today.

What happened to my old bookkeeper?

The one with those ears?

Roelof? He retired.

I took over his company

a year ago.

These were lying on the steps.

My Pradas.

You have no idea what these cost.



Shall we get started?

Did you find it?

Under the stairs

at the end of the hallway...

...left, in the bathroom.


Do you only work

in the theatre, or also film?

Only the theatre.

-You once made a film, right?

Really? Which one?

I love going to the movies,

but just don't get around to it.

It was never released here.

-And not in America either, right?

Do you live in Amsterdam too?

-In Diemen.

I would like to start working.

I thought I'd first address...

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Paula van der Oest

Paula van der Oest (born 1965) is a Dutch film director and screenwriter. Her 2001 film Zus & Zo was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. With her final exam at the Dutch Film and Television Academy, Zinderend, she won a Cannon Award in 1988. In the following years, she worked as an assistant director, until she returned in 1994 as a director. For the VPRO-series Lolamoviola she made the short movies Coma and Achilles en het zebrapad (Achilles and the Zebracrossing). With the first, she won a Golden Calf for the best television drama. In 1996 Van der Oest made her first long movie, De nieuwe moeder (The New Mother). Her husband at the time, Theu Boermans, had a role in this movie (later, he would also have a role in Zus & Zo). De trip van Teetje (the journey of Teetje) was produced in 1998, with Cees Geel as a louche entrepreneur who buys a Russian cargo ship. With Zus & Zo, loosely based on Chekhov's The Three Sisters, Van der Oest directed her first mainstream film in 2001. The realistic characters and the relations among the individuals from her former movies remained central, but there was more humour added, and an English script doctor made some changes, resulting in an Oscar nomination. However, the general public left the movie unseen. Hereafter she created the English thriller/fairytale Moonlight (2002) about the relation between a 13-year-old girl and a balloon swallower of the same age; the film Madame Jeannette, situated in the Suriname-community (which was a great success in the Amsterdam Bijlmer area in 2004); and the film Verborgen gebreken (2004), based on a book by Renate Dorrestein. Moonlight was entered into the 25th Moscow International Film Festival.In 2001, she wrote the screenplay for Meral Uslu's telefilm Roos and Rana. Currently, Paula van der Oest is planning a second film about Suriname and she is working on a movie based on Heleen van Royen's De gelukkige huisvrouw (The Happy Homemaker). more…

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