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Theo van Gogh / NL, 2003 / 88 min.

Against his will, a famous reporter for a quality newspaper has to interview the most popular actress of the country. Scar meets scar: the interview derails, the characters collide and the tensions rise to a feverish level.


Pierre Peters (played by Pierre Bokma) is a respected journalist on the staff of the country's leading quality newspaper. He is 45 years old, and has made a name for himself with his reporting of the Bosnian war. But those years in Bosnia, together with dramatic happenings in his private life, have left their mark. Today, as the main political reporter of his paper, there is only one place he should have been: in parliament, where the government is due to fall. But Pierre has been sidetracked by his editor.To his utter dismay, he is instructed to interview the country's hottest actress, 25 year old sex symbol Katja (played by Katja Schuurman). Katja is the big star in the daily soap on commercial television, and she can be seen regularly in lousy, but extremely succesfull movies. Day and night she is being stalked by fans and by the yellow press, and no man in his right mind would not love to spend an evening with her.Except for Pierre. Katja is only used to talk to interviewers who are not interested in anything else than her outer self; Pierre only knows political counterparts, whose inner self he wants to unveil. Immediately at the beginning of their meeting, the two worlds collide, but the rising tension also leads to short moments of closeness: scar meets scar.Are the intimate confessions of the actress, which for a different kind of reporter would be a publicitary goldmine, for real, or is she a better actress than he thinks she is? And does the reporter, with his very personal revelations, discern himself from his fellow press colleagues, or is he a much meaner man than he pretends to be? The confrontation evolves into a passionate verbal duel, with one overriding question: who is going to win?



Theo van Gogh

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