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What begins as a vaguely comic portrait of a put-upon middle-aged server quickly turns surreal when it cuts to the screenwriter, who's ostensibly in the throes of creating the story we're watching. Edgar, the title character (played by writer-director Alex van Warmerdam), eventually shows up at the home of the writer to ask for more fun, more sex, less tragedy. “You can't barge in here—you're fictitious,” he's told, echoing Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo and the influential (and more layered) works of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). There's also an eerie similarity to Stranger Than Fiction. Input from the screenwriter's cranky girlfriend and his unruly characters leads to plot shifts, and the end results demonstrate the pitfalls of writing by committee. In Dutch with subtitles. 97 min.

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