Four old college friends, Joep, Tom, Pieter and Maarten, now in their forties, are brought together again through circumstances. Their student days seem to return for a moment.


Joep, a very ambitious Member of Parliament on the verge of being asked for a ministerial post, has landed in a marriage crisis and is staying at Pieter’s flat so long.

Pieter, once a promising art student has a dreary job as a council official. Each year he picks a work of art from the municipal art depot as a birthday present. The municipality now wants them back.

Tom, a successful lawyer with an addiction to coke, wants to help him to certify his rights to the paintings, but Tom’s career is over.

Maarten is preparing his new play with Joep’s 18-year-old daughter, with whom he is having an affair, in a principal part.


The four men renew their old bond and pledge to help each other solve the problems in their various lives. But, when things get really serious, they choose for their own skins and decide to fend for themselves.

Directed by 

Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen

Written by 

Maria Goos

  • Year 
  • 2003
  • Length 
  • 90'
  • Language 
  • Dutch
  • Distributor 
  • A-Film Distribution
  • Cast 
  • Peter Blok, Pierre Bokma, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Jaap Spijkers
  • Producer(s) 
  • Anton Smit, Hanneke Niens
  • Co-producer(s) 
  • AVRO
  • Director of Photography 
  • Guido van Gennep
  • Editor 
  • Wouter Jansen
  • Casting 
  • Kemna Casting
  • Sound design 
  • Peter Warnier
  • Art Direction 
  • Harry Ammerlaan
  • Film Music 
  • Fons Merkies

    Credits are not contractual