After they played four sisters in the award-winning film Broos in 1997, Leonoor Pauw (Muis), Marnie Blok (Ted), Lieneke Le Roux (Lian) and Adelheid Roosen (Carlos) are back on screen in Brozer. When Muis learns that she is incurably ill, her life assumes a whole new meaning. With humour, anger, fear and love, the sisters seek each other out until death parts them.
The plot of Brozer isn’t complicated. Director Mijke de Jong follows the sisters and the way in which they deal with Muis’s approaching death. The result is intense and sympathetic. The strong humanity of the four actresses adds to the effect. They bicker to their heart’s content without it looking contrived. Gradually, it seems, the film leaves the realm of fiction and depicts naked reality. The authenticity is palpable. Such natural performances are rarely seen in Dutch productions.
Ultimately the disease will take its toll. The inevitability of the end is overshadowed, however, by the group’s unfailing closeness. De Jong accompanies the events with effective photography that works brilliantly, for example in the dance scenes with Pauw and the scenes in Norway’s Lofoten Islands. Brozer is a very impressive film in many ways.
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