Nothing Personal


(out of 5)

Urszula Antoniak’s minor drama has  leave the Netherlands and wander the landscape of Europe with no destination in mind, ending up traipsing the moors of Ireland and coming upon a lonely hermit () who asks her to stay with him. He gives her room and board in exchange for chores, respecting her request to not ask questions or try to become chummy friends. With the amount of time they spend together raking leaves and planting flowers, however, they eventually develop some common ground, though Antoniak is so determined to remain coolly above any kind of emotional sentimentality that their relationship remains rather grim to the very end. As a film it has little to recommend it—Antoniak barely goes beyond anything that has been done before—but it also doesn’t help that Verbeek gives a cold performance as a wholly unsympathetic character. Rea fares better, but the warmth of this persona is quite powerless against the onslaught of frigidity surrounding him.

Rinkel Film, Family Affair Films, Fastnet Films, Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep

Ireland/The Netherlands, 2009

Directed by

Screenplay by Urszula Antoniak

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

European Film Awards 2010.  

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