Netherlands, 1938. In a small town in the province of North Brabant called Oss, Johanna wants to change her life and quit the criminal gangs of the town. The harder she tries, the more she is involved.
André van Duren
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Tiny, a shoe factory owner has a spicy and impressive appearance that manages to drive crazy all men in Brabant. She suffers from a fear of stains as well as a compulsively sharp tongue. Twelve years younger Albert is her nephew, her sister's son and is fascinated by his special aunt and loves her stories. She is nothing like her sister and mother. He prefers to spend as much time as possible with her. However, her parents and his mother Hanny are concerned about her. They want her to marry with Henneman, a brigadier but she likes Peter, a porter. She listens to nobody and still has not found the right man. But the relationship between Tiny and her family is much more complex than it initially suggests and she is kept at home by her parents for as long as possible to do the household. She marries with Koos but lives a hard life due to a violent event in her youth.Written by
De Helleveeg shows the life of an intriguing young woman from the point of view of a boy
Through the eyes of a young boy we look at Tiny, an intriguing young woman.All men seem to love her - and she seems to love and please every man --- even the ugly and older ones. Tiny is like a hurt little bird. Sometimes she rages, sometimes she is warm and tender for the young boy. The movie shows how she and the boy get older - and how he discovers an awful secret about her. The actors all play very daring - they become older and older during the play. It is all about the hypocrisy in a family in the catholic south of the Netherlands in the fifties and sixties. When at the end the secret about Tiny is revealed, the personages are all very old - their lives have slipped away and nobody ever noticed Tiny's pain. Life is irreversible and Andre van Duren shows this in a moving and impressive way - and transcends the mere movie-anecdote of a hurt and abused girl. This is a worthy successor of the other movies by director Andre van Duren. With again realistic provincial people made of flesh and blood --- who are comical as well as tough and narrow- minded in their smugness. In De Helleveeg you can feel how a whole life slips away - and therefore it was moving and poignant.
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