Love is the Word

2013 [DUTCH]

Drama / Romance

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Dutch 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 41 min
P/S 3 / 26
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Dutch 5.1
24 fps
1 hr 41 min
P/S 3 / 23

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by CabbageCustard7 / 10

Enjoyable coming of age tale

This coming of age tale works on so many levels. It is poignant, at times funny, at times it will make you angry but it is never boring.

Young Bram van Schie plays Bart, the protagonist of this tale. Bart is in his early teens and is discovering love - and sex. He has a lot to deal with as he struggles to make sense of life - a restrictively religious mother and uncle (who is also the town priest),a father who is facing his own crisis of confidence, a new boy in his town who is everything deeply religious and respressed Bram is not and this is "a bad influence". On top of that, he falls in love with the new boy's older, seductive sister who shows an interest in teaching Bart about the more sensual aspects of life. He also has his own religious beliefs to try and reconcile with the changes in his life. That's a lot for one young man to deal with and how Bart does so and grows is the basis of this movie.

Everything about this movie is done well - the acting, the sets, the struggles Bart goes through. Some may think that this is a bit over the top in its portrayal of the religious mother and uncle. Sadly, that's not the case. I have met people like that. I note that IMDB reports that this is Bram van Schie's first acting gig. He does astonishingly well and is sympathetic and intelligent in his portrayal of young Bart. Sadly, it seems that this is also Bram van Schie's last acting role (that is to say, his ONLY acting role) and that is sad. I would love to have seen what he went on to do. Oh well....

I can't say that this movie touched me deeply, although that's not a criticism. I didn't ponder over it after it was over or feel any nostalgia for the characters. I enjoyed it while it ran through its 100 odd minutes though and you probably will too.

Reviewed by planktonrules8 / 10

It might offend a few...but it is worth seeing.

"Hemel op Aarde" ("Heaven on Earth") is a Belgian-Dutch co-production directed by Pieter Kuijpers. It's set in the late 1970s and manages very well to achieve that look—something that is actually pretty rare in period films. The hair is right, the clothes are spot on and even the garish flowers stuck on sliding patio doors are true to the period—something retired history teachers like me appreciate.

The story is about a very pious young man named Bart (Bram van Schie). He's an alter boy in the local church and tries very hard to please God as well as others. However, when a new family comes to town, his faith is challenged. Not only does the Verheije family not attend church but they represent temptation to Bart. The Verheije boy is about Bart's age (about 13) and for much of the film you think the movie is about this pair and the negative influence the new boy has on Bart. They get into some trouble and Bart's good-boy image is severely tarnished. However, the story ends up being about the older sister, Moniek (Ella-June Henrard)—a very attractive teen who inexplicably likes Bart…A LOT! However, their relationship has some serious hurdles—but to learn more about this, watch the film.

The main theme in this film might easily offend some viewers. This movie could easily be interpreted as an anti-religious film, as the Catholics in this film either are legalistic jerks or are folks who eventually lose their faith and see through their hypocritical friends. And, the atheists are pretty likable folks by comparison. Or, just as easily you could see the film as a picture not so much against organized religion but against religion without love and which is therefore completely inundated with rules. However, whether or not the themes make you feel uncomfortable, this doesn't change the fact that it's a very well made film. The acting is quite good—something you don't always see in films starring kids or teens. The same can be said for the direction and script—they are very good as well. I would also give special mention to the makeup artists for this movie—they really did a great job with Moniek and that's something you'll just need to see for yourself with this film.

My only misgivings about this film are the same I have for any subtitled movie—that people won't see it simply because it's not in their native language. It's a shame, really, as there are MANY wonderful films out there waiting to be discovered that are in a wide variety of languages and you'll really be missing out if you only watch non-subtitled films. Give this one a try—it's pretty good.

A final note—the summary on IMDb talks about the film "Grease". Well, this really has very, very little to do with the plot here in "Himel op Aarde"—it's just set around the same time period when this Hollywood film was released.

Reviewed by fristimail7 / 10

Nice but predictable

This movie is about my youth. Having lived in the same area, being of the same age as Bart and also experiencing the catholic influences everything in the film is recognizable. This makes the film a joy to watch, especially because of the very accurate portrait of the seventies and the acting. However, the movie is on the sentimental side and above all highly predictable. Virtually every cliché possible has been used.

For that reason only a 7 for this nostalgic movie although it brought back a lot of memories.

PS Even in the Netherlands this film is subtitled because of the regional dialect used by almost all players.

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