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-'''Abel''' is een Nederlandstalige speelfilm uit [[1986]] van de [[Nederland]]se [[filmregisseur|regisseur]] [[Alex van Warmerdam]], die tevens het [[scenario]] schreef, en de hoofdrol speelde. De andere hoofdrollen worden vertolkt door [[Henri Garcin]], [[Annet Malherbe]], en [[Olga Zuiderhoek]]. Onder meer [[Loes Luca]] en [[Arend Jan Heerma van Voss]] spelen bijrollen. Het camerawerk is van [[Marc Felperlaan]], en de muziek is van [[Vincent van Warmerdam]]. De film werd uitgebracht door [[First Floor Features]].+'''''Abel''''' is a [[1986 in film|1986]] [[Netherlands|Dutch]] [[film]] directed by [[Alex van Warmerdam]] who also scripted and played the lead character. Other lead roles were played by [[Henri Garcin]], Annet Malherbe and Olga Zuiderhoek. Supporting roles were played by [[Loes Luca]] and Arend Jan Heerma van Voss among others. Its music was written by Vincent van Waterdam and the film was distributed by First Floor Features.
-Abel was het debuut van Van Warmerdam als [[filmregisseur]]. Hij wilde de film aanvankelijk in zwart-wit draaien. Dit werd hem afgeraden, en hij koos toen toch voor kleur. De film is grotendeels gesitueerd in een fictief soort Hollandse [[1950-1959|jaren vijftig]], waarbij Van Warmerdam zowel in de setting als in de dialogen de [[kneuterige]] details, die soms aan ''[[De Avonden]]'' van [[Gerard Reve]] doen denken, heeft uitvergroot.+==Plot==
 +Abel is a 31-year-old boy who still lives at his parents home. Due to [[agoraphobia]], he hasn't been out for over 10 years, much to the chagrin of his father Victor. On the other hand, he gets spoiled by his mother Duif. He spends most of his days spying on the neighbors, setting up his parents against each other knowingly or unknowingly and fruitlessly trying to cut flies in two with an enormous pair of scissors.
-Abel trok ruim 300.000 bezoekers, en werd bekroond met een [[Gouden kalf (filmprijs)|Gouden Kalf]] voor 'Beste Film', en een Gouden Kalf voor 'Beste Regie'. Ook kreeg hij een prijs van Italiaanse filmcritici. In [[1990]] verkoos de +His father enlists a psychiatrist who deduces the cause of problems are the parents unhealthy relation with Abel. He then summons a [[mesmerism|mesmerist]] who gets frustrated by Abel. Victor then tries to set up his son with a girl in his theater society, it too fails. After a long planning the mother and son secretly buy a TV-set against Victor's wishes, when Victor finds out about this deception he gets furious and runs his son to the streets.
-[[Kring van Nederlandse Journalisten]] deze tragikomedie tot Beste Nederlandse Speelfilm van de jaren tachtig. In [[2000]] werd Abel op [[Digital Versatile Disc|dvd]] uitgebracht.+
 +Abel meets Zus, who works at a peepshow called "De Naakte Meisjes" (The naked girls). She takes pity on him and starts a relation with him. Abel finds out Zus has a relation with a married man and it turned out to be his own father. In the mean time his mother finds out Abel's whereabouts and informs to her husband. When Victor knows his Son is in relationship with his prostitute friend, he becomes enraged and goes into psychotic fit. A confrontation takes place at Zus' place with Victor and Duif present. The boozy Victor tries to chase around Zus in presence of his wife and son. His son informs Duif that Victor had an extramarital affair with Zus before. Duif hoots suicide. Though when she finds neither her beloved son or husband takes her seriously, she finds insight and finally leaves her son with the prostitute and takes her husband to home. Finally Abel laughs at all this with Zus and cuts a fly into two with his scissors.
-==Verhaal==+==Cast==
- +* [[Alex van Warmerdam]] - ''Abel'', son
-De 31-jarige Abel woont nog steeds thuis, en is in geen tien jaar buiten geweest. Vader Victor ergert zich hier zeer aan, maar door moeder Duif wordt hij juist vertroeteld. Hij brengt zijn dag door met het bespieden van de buren, het tegen elkaar opzetten van zijn ouders, en vruchteloze pogingen vliegen in volle vlucht met een enorme schaar door midden te knippen. De vader schakelt een psychiater in, die de schuld bij de moeizame relatie van de ouders legt; ontbiedt een magnetiseur, wiens werk prompt door Abel wordt gedwarsboomd; en probeert zijn zoon te koppelen aan een meisje van zijn toneelvereniging. Als moeder en zoon samen stiekem een televisietoestel blijken te hebben aangeschaft is de maat vol en zet de autoritaire vader - "Er komt geen televisie in dit huis." - zijn zoon op straat.+* [[Henri Garcin]] - ''Victor'', father
- +* [[Olga Zuiderhoek]] - ''Duif'', mother
-Abel ontmoet Zus, die bij peepshow 'De Naakte Meisjes' werkt. Zij ontfermt zich over hem. Zus heeft een verhouding met een getrouwde man. Abel komt erachter dat die man niemand minder is dan zijn vader. Moeder Duif ontdekt intussen waar Abel verblijft. In het huis van Zus komt het tenslotte tot een confrontatie.+* [[Annet Malherbe]] - ''Zus'', prostitute
- +* [[Arend Jan Heerma van Vos]] - ''psychiatrist''
-==Rolverdeling==+* [[Anton Kothuis]] - ''mesmerist''
- +* [[Loes Luca]] - ''Christine'', the girl arranged by Victor for Abel's date
-* [[Alex van Warmerdam]] - Abel+* [[Peer Mascini]] - ''director''
-* Henri Garcin - vader Victor+
-* [[Olga Zuiderhoek]] - moeder Duif+
-* [[Annet Malherbe]] - stripteuse Zus+
-* Arend Jan Heerma van Voss - psychiater+
-* Anton Kothuis - magnetiseur+
-* [[Loes Luca]] - meisje van de toneelvereniging+
-* [[Peer Mascini]] - toneelregisseur+
 +==Production==
 +Abel was Van Warmerdam's directional debut. He at first planned to make the movie in black and white but others discouraged this and he chose colour instead. The vast majority of the movie is situated in a fictive kind of Dutch fifties. Abel had over 300 000 viewers at its premiere, and it received a [[Gouden Kalf]] for 'Best film' and a Gouden Kalf for 'Best director'. In 1990 the tragedic comedy was named Best Dutch Film of the eighties by the Kring van Nederlandse Journalisten. In 2000 Abel was released on DVD. Abel was produced in collaboration with Orkater and the [[VPRO]].
== ''Abel'' (1986) aka ''The Voyeur'' - Alex Van Warmerdam == == ''Abel'' (1986) aka ''The Voyeur'' - Alex Van Warmerdam ==
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*Color usage: Dark blue and green at parent's house and light hues and lots of red in Zus's place *Color usage: Dark blue and green at parent's house and light hues and lots of red in Zus's place
- +==See also==
 +*[[Hikikomori ]]
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Abel is a 1986 Dutch film directed by Alex van Warmerdam who also scripted and played the lead character. Other lead roles were played by Henri Garcin, Annet Malherbe and Olga Zuiderhoek. Supporting roles were played by Loes Luca and Arend Jan Heerma van Voss among others. Its music was written by Vincent van Waterdam and the film was distributed by First Floor Features.

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Plot

Abel is a 31-year-old boy who still lives at his parents home. Due to agoraphobia, he hasn't been out for over 10 years, much to the chagrin of his father Victor. On the other hand, he gets spoiled by his mother Duif. He spends most of his days spying on the neighbors, setting up his parents against each other knowingly or unknowingly and fruitlessly trying to cut flies in two with an enormous pair of scissors.

His father enlists a psychiatrist who deduces the cause of problems are the parents unhealthy relation with Abel. He then summons a mesmerist who gets frustrated by Abel. Victor then tries to set up his son with a girl in his theater society, it too fails. After a long planning the mother and son secretly buy a TV-set against Victor's wishes, when Victor finds out about this deception he gets furious and runs his son to the streets.

Abel meets Zus, who works at a peepshow called "De Naakte Meisjes" (The naked girls). She takes pity on him and starts a relation with him. Abel finds out Zus has a relation with a married man and it turned out to be his own father. In the mean time his mother finds out Abel's whereabouts and informs to her husband. When Victor knows his Son is in relationship with his prostitute friend, he becomes enraged and goes into psychotic fit. A confrontation takes place at Zus' place with Victor and Duif present. The boozy Victor tries to chase around Zus in presence of his wife and son. His son informs Duif that Victor had an extramarital affair with Zus before. Duif hoots suicide. Though when she finds neither her beloved son or husband takes her seriously, she finds insight and finally leaves her son with the prostitute and takes her husband to home. Finally Abel laughs at all this with Zus and cuts a fly into two with his scissors.

Cast

Production

Abel was Van Warmerdam's directional debut. He at first planned to make the movie in black and white but others discouraged this and he chose colour instead. The vast majority of the movie is situated in a fictive kind of Dutch fifties. Abel had over 300 000 viewers at its premiere, and it received a Gouden Kalf for 'Best film' and a Gouden Kalf for 'Best director'. In 1990 the tragedic comedy was named Best Dutch Film of the eighties by the Kring van Nederlandse Journalisten. In 2000 Abel was released on DVD. Abel was produced in collaboration with Orkater and the VPRO.

Abel (1986) aka The Voyeur - Alex Van Warmerdam

Keywords: voyeurism - farce - black comedy - tragicomedy

Waarom is het leven niet normaal?/Why is life not normal? -Victor

Meisjes vinden het leuk om bespied te worden. --Zus

Vrouwen worden lelijk als ze ouder worden, mannen interessant [not verbatim]-- Victor

Fish are a recurring theme. Eating shrimps/salmon at breakfeast, fish pictures on wall, Abel's shirt featur fish, fish shop, father brings home lobster to make ammends

Senses

Seeing

  • binoculars
  • peep show
  • television
  • spying on girls (bald mountain scene). Meisjes worden graag bespied. --zus
  • looking into shop windows (when Abel is on the street)
  • looking out of the window (when Abel is in appartement)
  • looking thru fish-eye lense (father)
  • voyeurism

smell

  • mother smelling Abel's shirt on Zus
  • het stinkt hier (Victor)
  • arme mensen ruiken naar aardappelen

taste

  • eating fish all the time, many eating scenes
  • Color usage: Dark blue and green at parent's house and light hues and lots of red in Zus's place

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