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A Dutch family reunites in an Austrian chalet to be together one last time before the mother succumbs to cancer; a riot of dysfunction ensues. Son Nico, who can't hold his liquor, hits the bottle and laments that his dying mother never loved him; daughter Bibi avows her hatred for her sister-in-law; and things go downhill from there. Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen's film (2001) has its affecting moments, but in the absence of the stylization that successful melodrama requires, the plot is too contrived to be emotionally convincing. In Dutch with subtitles. 95 min.

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