The Last Days of Emma Blank

Directed by Alex van Warmerdam
Fortissimo Films
2009
89 Minutes
Netherlands
Dutch
Comedy, Drama
Not Rated
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In a large country home, the owner Emma Blank is very ill and is cared for by her household staff: Haneveld the head housekeeper, Bella the cook, Gonnie the maid and Meier the man-servant. Despite her desperate need for loving care, Emma is a steely, avaricious dictator whose demands become ever more absurd, to the extent that her staff are driven to madness. That is, until the day they discover that they stand to inherit nothing whereupon they drop their charade of caring and concern and instead plot their revenge....

  • Highest Rating
    "The Last Days Of Emma Blank is a surreal, blackly comic insight into the final days of a dying but surprisingly sprightly matriarch as her extended family pander to her every need."
    James Dennis, Screen Anarchy
  • Highest Rating
    "Alex van Warmerdam is one of the Netherlands’ most interesting and acclaimed directors and this well-crafted tale, adapted from a play, offers lashings of humour alongside its damning critique of greed and manipulation. The dialogue is wonderful, the outdoor setting stunning and there are solid performances from the entire cast, many of whom were in the stage version."
    Leanne McGrath, Eye For Film

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