#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In the 20’s, in Netherlands, Jacob Willem Katadreuffe has just concluded the law school and has an argument with the High Court Enforcement Officer Dreverhaven at his office. Katadreuffe leaves the place covered in blood. On the next morning, he is arrested by the police for the murder of Dreverhaven. He claims that he is innocent and discloses the story of his life to the Chief of Police. His mother Joba was the maid at Dreverhaven. One night, she is raped by him and a couple of weeks later she learns that she is pregnant. Dreverhaven proposes to marry her but Joba quits her job and leaves his house. Along the years, Katadreuffe is bullied at school and called bastard by his mates and his mother never talks to him. One day, he is involved by other kids in a theft of bread and arrested by the police. When he calls his biological father to help him, Dreverhaven tells the police that he does not know who Katadreuffe is. The boy is intelligent and learns English reading a superseded and incomplete edition of encyclopedia that was left behind by the previous tenants of his apartment. Katadreuffe is also ambitious and asks for a job in a law office, where he becomes the protégé of his mentor De Gankelaar. Soon he falls in unrequited love with the secretary Lorna Te George Victor. Along the years, Dreverhaven uses his power to harm him. When he concluded his course, he decides to pay a visit to Dreverhaven to tell him that he has wined their dispute. May Katadreuffe have killed Dreverhaven?
Plot: J.W. Katadreuffe is the son of Joba Katadreuffe and A.B. Drevenhaven. Though fully neglected by Joba, Dreverhaven ensures the succesfull career of his son. Mostly unseen, though he sues his son a few times. The son Katadreuffe succeeds, but at great costs.
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In this film we are confronted with a perfect script if there ever was one!
In this film we are confronted with a perfect script if there ever was one! Once again, talented screenwriters have proved that a fine novel can be transformed into a great film, without losing any depth in philosophical understanding or psychological subtlety. In ‘Character’, the paired tension between pride and guilt, as well as between pride and love, or guilt and love, or love and power, gives birth to an astounding and magnificent lesson in human character and behavior. The fact that Mike van Diem and Laurens Geels, two of the film’s three writers, were at the same time -respectively- its director and producer, plays no small role in the success of the script, since the novel by Bordewijk was read -and rewritten- from the perspective of cinema, and not the other way around. The psychological themes are treated as variations in a symphony, presented in one of the characters and later developed in another, or presented in one form and then transmuted into another, as the brilliant treatment given to the self-destructive tendencies in the Dreverhaven character, or the extreme laconism in the mother-son relationship. Seen at a tropical country as Ecuador (my own), surrounded by a teenage audience that was led to expect something else; an audience which was only very slowly won by the tense and restrained ‘northern’, ‘iceberg’ pace of the film, ‘Character’ transformed the screen into a gigantic and painful mirror filled with reflections of the sorrows and sufferings of human nature. And finally those teenagers stopped crunching chips and sipping sodas, and started thinking. A ’10’ by any standard.
slow and heavy
My Dutch friends will forgive me, but I cannot share their enthusiasm for this film. I am not an action movies only fan, and I am well accustomed with European and art film styles. However, during the whole uneasy experience of watching this film I had a strange feeling. On one side I was watching an obviously well constructed and solid story, with good characters development and well acted – especially Jan Decleir in the principal villain role. On the other hand the story and moral seem so Dickensian in nature, the whole atmosphere is so rigid, the location so dark and cold that they seem to belong not even to the first half of the 20th century but rather to the 19th. The main story line is of a love-hate relationship between a father and his natural son. The naturalistic approach to the subject built no empathy with any of the characters. I did not understand well their motivation, but I know I have reasons to hate them – these are the feelings the film left me.
Over all a heavy and not so easy cinema experience. Worth watching for some of the acting skills. 6 out of 10 on my personal scale.
Original Language nl
Runtime 2 hr 2 min (122 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director Mike van Diem
Writer Ferdinand Bordewijk (short story “Dreverhaven en Katadreuffe” and novel “Karakter”), Laurens Geels (screenplay), Mike van Diem (screenplay), Ruud van Megen (screenplay)
Actors Jan Decleir, Fedja van Huêt, Betty Schuurman, Tamar van den Dop
Country Netherlands, Belgium
Awards Won 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 7 nominations.
Production Company Almerica Film
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 BL 4S
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm