Morlang

Drama Jan 20, 2011 No comments

Story of a brilliant and successful artist who has managed to pull his life together after the death of his first wife.

Release Date: 22 November 2001 (Netherlands)

Director: Tjebbo Penning

Writer: Matthew Faulk, Tjebbo Penning

Cast: Paul Freeman, Diana Kent, Susan Lynch

Country: Netherlands

Language: English

Julius Morlang is a brilliant and successful artist who has managed to pull his life together after the death of his first wife. Everything seems to be going well for Morlang now, he has found a new partner and muse in the shape of Ann, almost a younger version of his deceased wife and he has a new exhibition about to happen but suddenly, he starts relieving messages, apparently from some mad person but as the film goers on he starts to wonder if these are in fact from his dead wife…

His paranoia increases and he starts to loose his grip on reality, unsure of what he can trust and what he cannot. Ellen turns out to have been less than the perfect wife at the time and there is a new young artist who is hugely jealous of Morlang’s success. It’s a complex intertwined plot, though told cleverly and coherently in such a way that you are never left wondering what is going on. Well, you are, but in a good way.

Morlang

Morlang

There are enough twists in the plot to keep you guessing and it moves along at a good pace, supported by some great performances which believably portray the often dark emotions at work amongst these people. Paul Freeman is excellent as the troubled Morlang, been seen during the course of the film at several times in his life and is always believable, as are the two lead women, Diana Kent and Susan Allan as respectively, Ellen and Ann. Morlang himself is writ large from the word go and it’s easy to see where internally, his destruction stems from as we watch him slowly unravelling before our eyes as outside forces pile on the pressure.

Morlang is filled with suspense and tension, never slipping into predictability though it does seem to suffer from  lack of a final twist at the end, leaving you with a conclusion that just seems to come to a halt. However it’s a minor consideration when the rest of the film is so good and the ending itself is by no means disappointing. Layers of flashbacks are used skilfully by the director give a rich storytelling experience layered in meaning and symbolism making this the sort of film that you can happily return to with friends. For a Dutch film made in Ireland, that’s a glowing recommendation!

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