THE DEFLOWERING OF EVA VAN END

Directed by Michiel ten Horn
  • YEAR 11 - FILM 7 / 
  • Netherlands / 
  • 2012 / 
  • Dutch, English & German with English subtitles / 
  • 98 min
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Synopsis

In this perfect blend of satire and sincerity, a dysfunctional family gets turned on its head when the 'perfect' exchange student moves in. Every member of the van End family is preoccupied with his or her own peculiar fixation--be it father Evert's Skype relationship with a boy in Africa (seemingly his only functional relationship), or mother Etty's relentless tirades against her dope-dealing youngest son or praises for her eldest son about to marry. Trapped in the middle is the youngest--15 year-old Eva--struggling for any attention or affection at all. When Veit, the adonis German exchange student Eva invited, moves in, the family is shocked and each family member must confront his or her own doubts, insecurities, fears and desires. During Veit's two week stay, all five family members began to reinvent themselves led by former wallflower, Eva, who begins a dramatic transformation.

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Customer Reviews


Jeff in Seattle - Customer Review
Awesome film! A German exchange student turns a Dutch family's life upside-down. I'm definitely will be looking forward to Michiel Ten Horn's future films!


Robert Bradford - Customer Review
Love black humor? Love seeing dysfunctional families explode gruesomely, hysterically? In The Deflowering of Eva Van End, a German exchange student comes to stay with a dysfunctional family each of whom is wound as tight as the core of a golf ball. You know the saying, German humor is no laughing matter? It certainly isnt for this Dutch family. The German knows exactly which bands to lance to explosively delaminate the family. And free the poison. Reminds me of the best of the Coen Bros., as in Fargo. I loved it.


Paul Allaer - Customer Review
The Deflowering of Eva van End" (2013 release from the Netherlands; 98 min.) brings the story of the van End family, at first sight a seemingly 'normal' middle class Dutch family consisting of mom and dad, and their 2 sons Erwin and Manuel, and daughter, Eva, a very shy, introverted high schooler. As the movie opens, we see them having dinner, and Eva tries to tell them that a German exchange student is arriving soon for a 2 week stay, but she is ignored. When the German student arrives, a guy named Veit, the family is taken by surprise, but the parents readily accept Veit into their home. Veit is like a guy from another planet, almost too good and too nice to be true. Meanwhile we see the sons Erwin and Manuel experiencing serious problems, and it becomes pretty clear this is a very dysfunctional family. To tell you much more of the plot would surely ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see how it all plays out. Several comments: First, director Michiel Ter Horn, co-writing the script with Anne Barnhoorn, deserves a huge amount of credit for bringing this movie alive. His view and direction of this dysfunctional family, and how an outsider (the German exchange student) affects their lives, is impressive. In the liner notes, Ter Horn comments that this is based on his own family's experience hosting a German exchange student. Second, this movie has funny moments, which will make you chuckle, but to be clear: this is a bittersweet movie with serious undertones. Check out in particular the last 15-20 min. when all is revealed (and which blew me away). Third, kudos to the cast, none more so in my opinion than Eva (played by Vivian Dierickx in her screen debut), the awkward, sensitive teenager. And if you are wondering about the title of the movie: is it in the truest sense of the word, or is it more psychological? Just watch! In all, "The Deflowering of Eva van End" is another great addition to the Film Movement's rich (and on-going) library of foreign and indie movies. But wait! There is more! As usual, the DVD comes with extras, and this time we got not one (which is the usual case), but two shorties. They are both from director Ter Horn. First there is the 13 min. "Basta", but much better for me was the 10 min. "Arie" about a senior losing his pet canary Arie, with unexpected results. Just delightful.


Paul Allaer - Customer Review
"The Deflowering of Eva van End" (2013 release from the Netherlands; 98 min.) brings the story of the van End family, at first sight a seemingly 'normal' middle class Dutch family consisting of mom and dad, and their 2 sons Erwin and Manuel, and daughter, Eva, a very shy, introverted high schooler. As the movie opens, we see them having dinner, and Eva tries to tell them that a German exchange student is arriving soon for a 2 week stay, but she is ignored. When the German student arrives, a guy named Veit, the family is taken by surprise, but the parents readily accept Veit into their home. Veit is like a guy from another planet, almost too good and too nice to be true. Meanwhile we see the sons Erwin and Manuel experiencing serious problems, and it becomes pretty clear this is a very dysfunctional family. To tell you much more of the plot would surely ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see how it all plays out. Several comments: First, director Michiel Ter Horn, co-writing the script with Anne Barnhoorn, deserves a huge amount of credit for bringing this movie alive. His view and direction of this dysfunctional family, and how an outsider (the German exchange student) affects their lives, is impressive. In the liner notes, Ter Horn comments that this is based on his own family's experience hosting a German exchange student. Second, this movie has funny moments, which will make you chuckle, but to be clear: this is a bittersweet movie with serious undertones. Check out in particular the last 15-20 min. when all is revealed (and which blew me away). Third, kudos to the cast, none more so in my opinion than Eva (played by Vivian Dierickx in her screen debut), the awkward, sensitive teenager. And if you are wondering about the title of the movie: is it in the truest sense of the word, or is it more psychological? Just watch! In all, "The Deflowering of Eva van End" is another great addition to the Film Movement's rich (and on-going) library of foreign and indie movies. But wait! There is more! As usual, the DVD comes with extras, and this time we got not one (which is the usual case), but two shorties. They are both from director Ter Horn. First there is the 13 min. "Basta", but much better for me was the 10 min. "Arie" about a senior losing his pet canary Arie, with unexpected results. Just delightful.

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Eva (Vivian Dierickx) and Viet (Rafael Gareisen)
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Eva (Vivian Dierickx) and Viet (Rafael Gareisen)
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Eva (Vivian Dierickx)
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Eva (Vivian Dierickx)
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Eva (Vivian Dierickx), Emanuel (Abe Dijkman), Erwin (Tomer Pawlicki), Etty (Jacqueline Blom) and Evert (Ton Kas)
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Director Michiel Ten Horn
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Eva (Vivian Dierickx)
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Erwin (Tomer Pawlicki) and Mardou (Anandi Gall) buying paint.
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Etty (Jacqueline Blom) and Evert (Ton Kas)
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Evert (Ton Kas) in the factory
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