Character (Karakter)


(out of 5)

Imagine Dickens filmed by Steven Spielberg and starring Buster Keaton and you have this sumptuous Dutch tale that took home the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. The story is of a young man raised illegitimately in Amsterdam who grows up to become a law clerk in a prestigious law firm, only to have his success threatened by his being suspected in the murder of his estranged father. Not as fascinating as it wants to be, and certainly not as entertaining, but the scene where  ignores solders barricading a neighbourhood and enters it to evict a family who owes him money is worth the price of admission. Director Mike Van Diem’s speech at the Academy Awards had more life and vigour to it than his film does.

First Floor Features, Almerica Film

The Netherlands/Belgium, 1997

Directed by 

Screenplay by Mike Van Diem, , , based on the short story Dreverhaven en Katadreuffe and the novel Karakter by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards:  1997

Toronto International Film Festival:  1997



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