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|DIARY OF A MAD OLD MAN |
as DAGBOEK VAN EEN OUDE DWAAS
Belgium/The Nederlands/France, 1988
||Directed by||Lili Rademakers|
based by Japan novel
of Junichiro Tanazaki.
(in credits order)
Ralph Michael (Marcel Hamelinck)|
Beatie Edney (Simone)
Suzanne Flon (Denise Hamelinck)
Derek de Lint (Philippe Hamelinck)
Dora van der Groen (sister Alma)
Ina van der Molen (Karin)
|Music by||Egisto Macchi|
|Produced by||Fons Rademakers|
|Release date||January, 14 1988|
Wealthy Mr.H seems to have lost everything: his health, his youth, his wife and even control over his own fortune. But he has kept something for more important: his desire for women. And that life-affirming passion, fueled by the tempting nearness of his sultry daughter-in-law, lets him escape from his sickbed into the rich world of fantasy and remembrance.
It's a story of a rich businessman who has an odd passion to his daughter-in-law Simone. He refuses to pass the necessary treatment, because he needs money for building a pool for her. He buys expensive things to her, he watches her furtively when she takes a shower. He is jealous when she has an intimacy with a man. She is not confused at all by the attention of the rich old man. After death of his wife, he becomes attached to Simone much more. His son Philippe (Derek) nurses him. And when the old man has an apoplectic stroke, only Philippe remains near his bed. The dying man sees in his dreams Simone swimming in the pool he hasn't built yet.
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