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Nothing to Lose (2008)

TBS (original title)
A man convicted of killing his own father and sister escapes from a criminal hospital to track down his mother and prove his innocence.

Director:

Pieter Kuijpers

Writers:

Paul Jan Nelissen (scenario), Pieter Kuijpers (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Theo Maassen ... Johan
Lisa Smit ... Tessa
Bob Schwarze Bob Schwarze ... Joska
Ria Marks Ria Marks ... Therapeute 1
Karst Woudstra Karst Woudstra ... Psychiater
Flip Filz ... Advocaat Johan
Romana Vrede ... Begeleidster kliniek
Martijn de Rijk Martijn de Rijk ... Bewaarder kliniek
Menno Van Beekum Menno Van Beekum ... Rechter
Roos Ouwehand Roos Ouwehand ... Therapeute 2
Kevin Llewellyn Kevin Llewellyn ... Patiënt 1
Bing Wiersma Bing Wiersma ... Patiënt 2
Peter van Bokhorst Peter van Bokhorst ... Autoverkoper
Yale Sackman Yale Sackman ... Vriendin Tessa
Pim Lambeau Pim Lambeau ... Oma
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Storyline

Johan, convicted for the murder of his father and sister, has been locked up in a TBS clinic (a hospital for criminals with a psychical disorder) for years. When he hears he will be transfered to a Long Stay ward - where nobody has ever been released from - he hopes his mother, who he hasn't spoken for years, will come to his hearing so she can tell the judge he didn't murder his sister, that his father abused him and was about to abuse his sister and that Johan therefore killed his father. However, his mother doesn't turn up. Realizing he's out of options, he escapes, determined to find his mother, so she can write a statement saying what really happened. Pretty soon however, he gets pursued by the police and in a rather desperate attempt to stay out of their hands, he kidnaps a 13-year old girl, Tessa. Together they drive through the Netherlands and Belgium to find his mother. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Not everything is love

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | French

Release Date:

31 January 2008 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Elmezavar See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,242,915
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pupkin Film, BNN TV See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

The fact that the sun is suddenly shining behind Tessa symbolizes the effect the girl has on him. An almost romantic atmosphere occurs when he gives her the earrings. Call it enchantment... See more »

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Referenced in Spuiten en Slikken: Episode #5.10 (2007) See more »

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Exactly the right actor for this movie
5 December 2012 | by ArconadaSee all my reviews

Theo Maassen; you like him or you don't, there doesn't seem to be a way in between. I don't like him as a comedian, but his acting in this movie is impressive. Involuntary commitment is the subject of this movie and Theo Maassen plays Johan, the person who claims to be unjustly committed. Since he is not able to convince the psychiatrist that he is able to live some sort of a live in society, he escapes to prove that he was unjustly locked up. The movie is about this quest. Soon he is forced to kidnap a young girl to prevent his re-arrest. The interaction between him and the girl, Tessa, is elaborated very well. Theo Maassen is the person who can do that, playing a person you want to trust, but deep inside you never do. He is the most fearsome when he keeps his expression small, his eyes can tell the entire spectrum from evil to pity. Lisa Smit plays the kidnapped girl very well, from pure fright to the Stockholm syndrome induced affection. The plot is also convincing, no spectacular chase, but an end that swings between pure fear and empathy. A very impressive movie, thanks to Theo Maassen.


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