The lives, loves and maladies of two Dutch siblings are up for scrutiny in "Time to Spare," the directorial debut of casting director Job Gosschalk.

The lives, loves and maladies of two Dutch siblings are up for scrutiny in “Time to Spare,” the directorial debut of casting director Job Gosschalk. A feature-length sudser, at least in terms of its overloaded and melodramatic plot, pic nonetheless casts a warmly affectionate look at its protags, a gay fortysomething busybody and his independent-minded, straight-A-student sister. Well-acted, solidly assembled spring release made a respectable $815,000 locally and should find some time in the schedules of Eurotube buyers.

Maarten (Paul de Leeuw), a music teacher, has played both brother and dad to his kid sister, Molly (Karina Smulders), since their parents’ death. When she thinks it’s time to move in with her b.f. (Teun Luijkx), empty-nest syndrome is the first disease to pay the family a visit. Throughout, both protags struggle to keep their male paramours in check, until a terminal disease upends the proceedings about an hour in. Despite its many plot twists, the drama remains convincing, though the pic’s humor revolves too much around Maarten’s weight problems instead of the bon mots of a fag-hag friend (Lineke Rijxman). Simple cutting and straightforward thesping keep things grounded.

Time to Spare

Netherlands

Production

An Independent Films release of a NL Film production, in association with Kemna & Zonen, with participation of Avro, Independent Films, Ufund. Produced by Alain de Levita, Job Gosschalk. Executive producers, Jos van der Linden, Ronald Versteeg, Adrian Polotowski, Giles Waterkeyn, Jeremy Burdek, Nadia Khamlichi. Co-producers, Simone van den Ende, Mylene Verduimen. Directed, written by Job Gosschalk.

Crew

Camera (color), Han Wennink; editor, Job ter Burg; music, Chrisnanne Wiegel, Melcher Meirmans, Merlijn Snitker; production designer, Alfred Schaaf; costume designer, Jacqueline Steijlen. Reviewed on DVD, Luxembourg, July 14, 2011. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Paul de Leeuw, Karina Smulders, Lineke Rijxman, Alwin Pulinckx, Teun Luijkx, Christopher Parren.

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