A mixed-up-siblings crimer capped by a road-movie finale, "Angie" is an OK Dutch semi-actioner that could have a brief offshore career as a dubbed item on ancillary or latenight TV. Pic bowed last fall on its home turf.
A mixed-up-siblings crimer capped by a road-movie finale, “Angie” is an OK Dutch semi-actioner that could have a brief offshore career as a dubbed item on ancillary or latenight TV. Pic bowed last fall on its home turf.Title character (Annemarie Rottgering) is a lanky, sullen teen who leaves a young-offenders institution only to be assaulted by her mother’s b.f. soon after settling back home. She moves in with her delinquent elder bro, Alex (Daniel Boissevain), who steals autos, and starts dating a waiter, Frank (Hidde Schols), who has gambling debts with some hoods. After doing a heist together, the trio later hit the road, pursued by Frank’s creditors and (after robbing a gas station) the cops. When they are cornered at a marina by the authorities, the truth about Angie and Alex’s incestuous relationship emerges. Producer/director Martin Lagestee, working from his own script, produces a workmanlike package without delving very deep into the psychology of his characters. Action sequences are fine, with sharp cutting, even though the pic tends to work in fits until the latter stages. Main fault is there’s too much jostling for attention in the slim script (incest, delinquency, youth kicks), and the most interesting character is the steely nerved Alex (well played by the charming Boissevain) rather than the underdrawn Angie (blankly portrayed by the boyish Rottgering). Other perfs are solid.
A Meteor Film release (Netherlands) of a Lagestee Film, Veronica, Meteor production. (International sales: Hills Entertainment Group, Hilversum.) Produced, directed by Martin Lagestee. Executive producer, San Fu Maltha. Screenplay, Lagestee, with contributions from Michael Belderink, Paul Ruven, Simon de Waal.
Camera (color), Tom Erisman; editor, Herman P. Koerts; music, Joop Koopman, Clifford Scholten; title song, Simone Pormes; art direction, Harry Ammerlaan; costume design, Jacqueline Steijlen; sound (Dolby), Victor Dekker; assistant director, Annick Vroom; casting, Jeannette Snik. Reviewed on Hills Entertainment vidcassette, London, Feb. 1, 1994. Running time: 97 MIN.
Annemarie Rottgering, Daniel Boissevain, Hidde Schols, Derek de Lint, Marijke Veugelers, Peter Tuinman, Jack Wouterse.