The corpse of a mysterious naked lady turns up in the pad five cheating husbands share in "Loft," the Amsterdam-set remake of the eponymous 2008 Flemish (and therefore also Dutch-language) B.O. champ.

The corpse of a mysterious naked lady turns up in the pad five cheating husbands share in “Loft,” the Amsterdam-set remake of the eponymous 2008 Flemish (and therefore also Dutch-language) B.O. champ. Main attraction of the pic, efficiently but somewhat anonymously directed by Antoinette Beumer (actress Famke Janssen’s sister), remains its cleverly constructed plot. End-of-year release did solid biz locally, but offshore chances are slim, especially given the U.S. remake currently being filmed with Patrick Wilson, James Marsden and Wentworth Miller.

Though not a shot-by-shot remake a la “Psycho” (script was rewritten by Dutch thriller writer Saskia Noort), the pic doesn’t feel significantly different from its predecessor. That’s hardly surprising, since many members of the original crew, including d.p., production designer, editor and composer, also worked on this equally snazzy-looking remake. In front of the camera, five Dutch thesps (Fedja van Huet, Barry Atsma, Gijs Naber, newcomer Chico Kenzari and Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, adding a comic note) deliver solid ensemble work as the friends who, when faced with the possible discovery of their dirty secret by their wives, suddenly become much less friendly with one another.

Loft

Netherlands-Belgium

Production

An Independent Films (in Netherlands) release of a Millstreet Films, Pupkin Film, Woestijnvis production, in association with BNN. Produced by Rachel van Bommel, Sander van Meurs, Hilde De Laere. Directed by Antoinette Beumer. Screenplay, Saskia Noort, based on a screenplay by Bart De Pauw.

Crew

Camera (color), Danny Elsen; editors, Philippe Ravoet, Annelien van Wijnbergen; music, Wolfram de Marco; production designer, Kurt Loyens; costume designers, Marian van Nieuwehuyzen, Marion Boot. Reviewed on DVD, Paris, May 26, 2011. (In Cannes Film Festival -- market.) Running time: 108 MIN.

With

Fedja van Huet, Barry Atsma, Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Gijs Naber, Chico Kenzari, Anna Drijver, Sallie Harmsen, Kim van Kooten, Lies Visschedijk, Hadewych Minis, Katja Herbers, Carolien Spoor, Charlie Chan Dagelet, Tom Jansen, Rik Launspach, Renee Fokker, Raymond Thiry. (Dutch dialogue)

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