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A father spins exotic tales for his young son during their weekly visits, three of which are dramatized in this 2001 Dutch feature. (In one a European husband and wife whose car breaks down in a remote region of Africa are aided by a father and his son, the latter becoming the object of the wife's flirtation; in another, set in a fishing port, a woman tells a young boy about her almost mythical lover, who will protect them in any storm.) Director Ineke Smits succeeds in plunging the viewer into three imagined worlds, yet her meditation on the romance of storytelling becomes a bittersweet reflection on the fragility of fantasy when a surprise ending reveals the maturing child's growing distance from his troubled parent. In Dutch with subtitles. 112 min.

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