Guts (1999)

RON TERMAAT

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

Original title:  Lef

The Netherlands, 1999.  CV LEF.  Screenplay by Ron Termaat.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Ron Termaat.  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by ,

Tepid three-way romance about a struggling actor/writer () trying to get his Marlowe-style film noir movie made in the face of oppression from the director’s aunt, who is also the producer. While writing the film he also has the arduous task of fitting a free-spirited woman () into his life. Naturally, the director, who is also his best friend, competes here as well, and the usual exercise in male domination contests happens. Ron Termaat’s first film is nothing to shout about, and though he tries for 8 1/2-style reflectiveness, the film never gets too far beyond being a somewhat charming romance with funky black-and-white scenes (the proposed movie within the movie). It doesn’t help that the film the main character is trying to make doesn’t seem to be shaping up to be a very good one either (not even a good parody of Marlowe films). Reys is excellent as the girlfriend, but can’t save the dullness surrounding her.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1999

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