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Stille Nacht (2004)

The young woman Laura Fischer has a session with a psychologist. The session begins with Laura telling that after two years of successive rapes of female students riding bicycles in the ... See full summary »

Director:

Ineke Houtman

Writer:

Frank Ketelaar (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josefien Hendriks Josefien Hendriks ... Josien Schippers
Liesbeth Kamerling Liesbeth Kamerling ... Emma Machielsen
Victoria Koblenko ... Marieke Kopermode
Caro Lenssen ... Laura Fischer
Christel Oomen Christel Oomen ... Bonnie Javoer
Jeroen Spitzenberger ... Jonathan
Victor Löw ... Hans Porcelijn
Lore Dijkman Lore Dijkman ... Eerste Slachtoffer
Oren Schrijver ... René
Peter Blok ... Dekker
Marcel Musters Marcel Musters ... Waardenburg
Jaap Spijkers Jaap Spijkers ... Van den Brink
Walter Bart Walter Bart ... Edwin
Rick Nicolet ... Mw. Brouwer
Brian Smidt Brian Smidt ... Verkoper
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The young woman Laura Fischer has a session with a psychologist. The session begins with Laura telling that after two years of successive rapes of female students riding bicycles in the woods nearby the campus of the college where she studied, the student Emma Machielsen forms a committee with Josien Schippers, Marieke Kopermode, Bonnie Javoer and her to discuss a possible solution with the dean. However, the dean claims that he has no budget to improve the security and could only afford to provide three buses for the students. The girls decide to bike through the woods together in convoy, but when Marieke is late, they leave her alone in the campus. She decides to cross the woods alone, and the serial rapist rapes her. Her friends decide to investigate the crimes by themselves and they prepare a list of possible rapists, leading the group to a tragic consequence. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Official Sites:

Official Site [Netherlands]

Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

16 September 2004 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

In einer stillen Nacht See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,027
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The film is based on the case of the Utrecht series rapist (a series of sexual offenses in and around the Dutch city of Utrecht between 1995 and 2001). The case became known through a long-term active search for the perpetrator. After a bicycle theft in 2014, a suspect was arrested using DNA research. He was suspected of 22 offenses but only in four cases was the evidence hard enough for a lawsuit. He didn't confess and invoked his right to remain silent. At first instance in 2016, the court found the defendant guilty of four rape cases. He was sentenced to a prison sentence of sixteen years. In the appeal the penalty remained unchanged. See more »

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Five Female Friends
5 November 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The young woman Laura Fischer (Caro Lenssen) has a session with a psychologist. The session begins with Laura telling that after two years of successive rapes of female students riding bicycles in the woods nearby the campus of the college where she studied, the student Emma Machielsen (Liesbeth Kamerling) forms a committee with Josien Schippers (Josefien Hendriks), Marieke Kopermode (Victoria Koblenko), Bonnie Javoer (Christel Oomen) and her to discuss a possible solution with the dean. However, the dean claims that he has no budget to improve the security and could only afford to provide three buses for the students. The girls decide to bike through the woods together in convoy, but when Marieke is late, they leave her alone in the campus. She decides to cross the woods alone, and the serial rapist rapes her. Her friends decide top investigate the crimes by themselves and they prepare a list of possible rapists, leading the group to a tragic consequence.

"Stille Nacht" is a simple but realistic thriller, without special effects but supported by a solid screenplay and great performances that give credibility to the tense and dramatic plot. The five unknown lead actresses are excellent and the director does not need to use any sort of exploitation in spite of the sexual theme to make the story work perfectly well. The cover of the Brazilian DVD distributed by Daylight Films makes references to IMDb reviews; unfortunately the DVD has interviews in Dutch without subtitles in Portuguese, in a total lack of respect with the viewers. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Quando a Noite Cai" ("When the Night Falls")


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