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A downtrodden waiter decides to take up matters with the screenwriter determined to make him suffer.

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Alex van Warmerdam

Writer:

Alex van Warmerdam (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alex van Warmerdam ... Edgar
Ariane Schluter ... Victoria
Jaap Spijkers Jaap Spijkers ... Walter
Mark Rietman Mark Rietman ... Herman
Thekla Reuten ... Suzie
Kees Prins ... Zakenman 1
Pierre Bokma ... Zakenman 2
Porgy Franssen Porgy Franssen ... Zakenman 3
Lyne Renee ... Stella (as Line Van Wambeke)
Waldemar Kobus ... Richard
Fedja van Huêt ... Ralph
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joop Admiraal Joop Admiraal ... Magere man
Jakop Ahlbom Jakop Ahlbom ... Stanley
Martine Berghuijs Martine Berghuijs ... Vrouw
Loek Beumer Loek Beumer ... Ober racletten
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Storyline

Edgar is a waiter in a mediocre restaurant, where clients and even his mistress prove abusive, while his sick wife and criminal neighbors are no better. How bad it gets is a matter of discussion between Edgar, script-writer Herman, his meddling girl-friend Suzie and various other characters, who regularly complain to Herman, who thus repeatedly changes the script... yet never to everyone's satisfaction, least of all his own. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy

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Country:

Netherlands | Belgium

Language:

Dutch | English

Release Date:

28 September 2006 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Um Empregado de Mesa See more »

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$860,741
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DTS

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

Featured in Allemaal film: Tussen kunst en kassa (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Morning Stella
written by Vincent van Warmerdam
performed by Ron Stoop, Erik Boeren, Martine Berghuijs
based on "Tussen Twee Huizen" by Clara van Gool
with permission from Viewpoint Productions
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A black comedy like no other
12 January 2013 | by fatgerman-580-520227See all my reviews

Edgar is a waiter in a mediocre restaurant. I could go on, talking about his bedridden wife, his lover, her overprotective brother. But to do so would be to miss the point of this sublime exercise of the writer's art. Ober was my introduction to the films of Alex van Warmerdam and is still my favourite of the many wonderful movies he has produced. On one level it's a black comedy, on another it's an exercise in surrealism, on another level it's an existential movie that asks "What would your life be like if you could talk to your creator". And, on every level, it is completely hilarious. I totally disagree with the reviewer who complains about it being subtitled. I don't speak a lot of Dutch so perhaps that makes a difference, but the actors speaking their native tongue produce an energy in the dialog that is completely lost in dubbed movies, IMO. I cannot praise this film enough. It made me laugh like a loon, it made me cry, it made me think, and I kept thinking about it long after it had finished. That makes it a work of art, in my book.


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