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Character

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Based on the popular classic 1938 Dutch novel by Ferdinand Bordewijk, a drama about a timeless struggle between father and son - a struggle even the father knows the son is destined to win. Dreverhaven, the city's most feared bailiff, is dead, discovered with a knife through his heart. A self-taught lawyer who just passed his exams was the last person to see Dreverhaven alive. Now, the police want to know why he visited the old man, and the young barrister is ready to tell the story of a lifetime. Winner of the 1997 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

    Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 1997

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 08557

  • Credits
    Jan Decleir
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[A] visually arresting film....As played with effective, deliberate stoniness by Jan Decleir, Dreverhaven is indeed an imposing figure..."
    New York Times

    "...CHARACTER is made with an assurance and visual flair that belies the first-time status of director Mike van Diem....There's some genuine filmmaking in CHARACTER..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...It is dark, bitter and fascinating....The film is filled with sharply seen characters..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "The Netherlands' foreign-film Oscar winner is packed with gloom and doom, but it's the mark of a good filmmaker when gloom and doom is compelling..."
    USA Today

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