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(aka "De Ontmaagding van Eva van End" )


directed by Michiel ten Horn
Netherlands 2012


Although initially seeming like a light comic take on TEOREMA - with the Eva character more Laura Betti than Anna Wiazemsky - THE DEFLOWERING OF EVA VAN END gradually strays into towards darker areas in exploring the side effects of the liberating changes the visiting angelic character inspires in the family. The dysfunctional Van End household is upset when youngest, socially-invisible daughter Eva (Vivian Dierickx) announces that a German exchange student will soon arrive. Of course, none of them listen to her since they are so preoccupied by their own issues: father Evert (Ton Kas, PLAN C) is ignored at work even as he comes up with ways to save the company money, mother Etty (Jacqueline Blom, BLACK BOOK) is facing her cherished oldest son Erwin (Tomer Pawlicki) moving into his own home (at twenty-one) while relentless criticizing admittedly defiant middle-child Manuel (Abe Dijkman). When the student does arrive - in the form of angelic Viet (Rafael Gareisen, THE BOOK THIEF) - he seems almost "too good to be true" as he spurs envy in Erwin with his world traveling (as well as bringing homoerotic urges to the surface that have him moving back in and putting up a blanket fort in the living room) and self-conscious of his acne problem, annoying Emanuel by turning the other cheek to his abuse (including possibly throwing a contest and being a graceful loser), turning stressed Etty on to meditation, and showing Evert where his efforts to help people might be better spent. Although plain Eva still hovers in the periphery to her family, she is undergoing the lengthiest and most drastic transformation.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 14 February 2013 (Netherlands)

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Runtime 1:33:51

2.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.14 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dutch/English Dolby Digital 5.1; Dutch/English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.37:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with director Michiel ten Horn (16:9; 4:43)
• Michiel ten Horn Short Films:
• - 'Basta' (13:22)
• - 'Arie' (10:18)
• Michiel ten Horn Biography
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:00)
• Trailers for 'The Iran Job', 'Three Worlds', 'La Sirga', 'Somers Town', 'Adam's Apples', and
• 'The Rage in Placid Lake'

DVD Release Date: December 3rd, 2013

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Film Movement's dual-layer DVD features an attractive progressive, anamorphic encoding of this HD production with original 5.1 and 2.0 downmix options. The English subtitles are error-free (one gets used to the heavily accented English that makes up about half of the film's dialogue). While the extras on Film Movement's other titles I've reviewed have not had much to do with the actual film other than the supplied biographies, THE DEFLOWERING OF EVA VAN END's extras include a short interview with the director in which he discusses the themes of the film (as well as his own experience as a child with an exchange student brought into his family and making them self-conscious), as well as two of his short films. Besides the film's trailer, the disc also includes six trailers for othe

  - Eric Cotenas


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