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De stilte van het naderen (2000)

A woman becomes fascinated by a murderer and visits him in prison. At first the man is distant but later on their band is becoming ever closer. The woman wonders if she can trust the man when he is released from prison.
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Credited cast:
Elvira Out Elvira Out ... Susan ter Horst
Ronald Top ... David Sondegaard
Daan Hugaert Daan Hugaert ... Jules Brasschaert
Mark van der Laan ... Stan Westerbeek
Maiko Kemper Maiko Kemper ... Freek
Tom van Beek Tom van Beek ... Van Henegouwen
Eric van der Donk Eric van der Donk ... Hugo ter Horst
Femke Lakerveld Femke Lakerveld ... Luutje
Mike Libanon ... Gerrard
Margot van Doorn Margot van Doorn ... Annette
Valerie van Unen Valerie van Unen ... Marjolein
Cees Geel ... Sjaak
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Piet Balfoort Piet Balfoort ... Bankdirecteur
Eddie Brugman Eddie Brugman
Carry Goossens Carry Goossens ... Decleir


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De Stilte van het naderen (The silence of approaching) tells the story of Susan, a successful young businesswoman who has her life in order. She has a nice job and is also on the point of marrying her colleague David. During a working visit to Antwerp, she accidentally comes face to face with Jules, a murderer who is just being removed from the courthouse. Susan becomes intrigued and confused and decides to visit this man in prison. Jules turns out to be a simple man who committed a brutal murder of his girlfriend fourteen years ago and has repented in prison. There is a close bond between Jules and Susan. During her conversations with Jules it appears that Susan has been carrying a big secret for years.

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A fine film with convincing acting
30 May 2001 | by Simone KurpershoekSee all my reviews

When Jules Brasschaert, convicted and jailed for a crime he has committed several years ago, is pardoned he is a changed man. He found his peace with the help of his belief in God.

After a chance meeting with this man Susan burns her bridges to be with him. As it turns out she is to redeem herself of a childhood trauma.

While this is going on, Susan's fiancee is losing grips on his steady and well planned life and shows his true face.

Although the script is not perfect, I found myself attached to the characters. Every time I thought: 'why is she doing this?' or I thought of a flaw in the story, it took the film less then a minute to give the answer, or it made me accept the flaw.

The actors did a good job convincing me of their needs and personalities. I found this film to be a very cinematic one. Much more then most Dutch features aired on television. I gave it a 8/10.


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Belgium | Netherlands



Also Known As:

The Silence of the Soul See more »

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Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium See more »


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EUR700,000 (estimated)
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