Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

ONE MAN AND HIS DOG
(DE MAN MET DE HOND)

Year: 1998
Country: Netherlands
Run Time: 85 minutes

"I think photos are beautiful...I just couldn't leave them alone," confesses Kees Kleisdorp at the beginning of Annette Apon's po-faced comedy-drama. But what exactly is his crime? The early death of his father and long-term institutionalization of his near-catatonic mother has left Kees, at 25, all alone and without a typical adult's crucial social skills. More or less conscripted into being a bank teller, Kees goes about acquiring a simulacrum of a personal life, the better to fit in among workmates who gravely doubt his presence of mind. Already an accomplished voyeur ? thanks to a non-existent dog he pretends to walk through his neighborhood by night ? Kees starts stealing details of other peoples' lives. He passes himself off as a world-traveler, mountaineer, tough guy, and devoted boyfriend to a sexy young thing who, of course, doesn't even know he exists. Even when the ruse seems to crumble, Kees' self-created legend only grows in the eyes of his newfound friends. A coolly funny rumination on identity and how a resourceful misfit finds happiness, ONE MAN AND HIS DOG is a Dutch treat of the highest order. (In Dutch with English subtitles.)

Screenplay
Bennie Roeters.

Director
Annette Apon

Producer
Stienette Bosklopper.

Cinematography
Rogier Stoffers.

Editing
Stefan Kamp, Marc Nolens.

Principal Cast
Ramsey Nasr, Monic Hendrickz, Viviane de Muynck, Truus te Selle, Titus Muizelaar, Paul R. Kooij, Nina Deuss.

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