Directed by: Nouchka van Brakel
Actors: Marina de Graaf, Gerard Cox, Pleuni Touw
Language: Dutch | English Subtitles
Also known as: El debut, The Debut, To debouto mias 14hronis
Description: Het Debuut (and entitled, simple and austere, “Debut”), known for her radical feminist views Nushki Dutch van Brakel about feminism itself is not particularly stutters. At least to the front so clearly as her later work, it does not hold. But in “A woman as Eve” and “cold lake death ‘Nushki rose high above his head slogans of the struggle for women’s rights. “Debut” also became for her a springboard from which to push to expand the pre-made banners as possible. As is known, in order to draw the public’s attention, there’s nothing better than a good cause scandal. What could be more scandalous than the love story adult approaching the 50-year anniversary and 14-year-old teenage girl? Yes, tell and show in a very frank way …
However, in the 70 years of history is similar to the screen quite often, and sometimes in the far more shocking surroundings, rather than let herself Dutch feminist. But van Brakel has decided to consider the problem from a very different side than it did, for example, Nabokov. And most of those who ventured to access such delicate topic. Not by the conventional Humbert and Lolita by, feelings and desires in a “debut” paramount. While men can only follow the will of early mature women against their own moral values and ethical principles. In this case, any judgment, as one would expect, the director does not set, giving the viewer the very judge or justify the characters.
Carolyn Young, living with security, but indifferent to her daughter’s parents unexpectedly meets an adult who seems to be able to expend youthful zest for life and youthful energy. Returning to the Netherlands from a long trip to Africa, a friend of her family, Hugo has a girl lasting impression. Before that Caroline was not interested boys and example of her own father had told her that the men – incredibly boring creation. Suddenly, everything is not so. Is a kind of imprinting, when puberty is superimposed own admiration for one particular person, and Carolyn hopelessly falls in love.
That is not entirely hopeless … Hugo quickly surrenders to the pressure of the powerful literally giving him passage teenager and plunged into the forbidden sin. Why and how this happened to him Nushki van Brakel was not interested in her film at the impression that male psychology for the director – a closely guarded secret. So the viewer to be content one-sided view. But psychology Carolyn disclosed as fully as all possible means of cinema: here and a keen sense of loneliness in his thoroughly bourgeois “correct” the family, and the impact of relaxed-liberal teacher with libertarian views, and too advanced in comparison with classmates intelligence in combination with a naive spontaneity, and a children’s selfishness and much, much more that has managed to tell Marina de Graaf of her character. With eighteen years without the help of actress director could have hardly. In the end, it remains the same in the performance of Hugo Gerard Cox’s nothing more than a mannequin.
Whatever it was, Caroline in the film studies. Learn to love without selfishness, understand and accept the responsibility to resist the blows of fate and just live in this world. How to do this it was necessary or not necessary affair with an adult – the question remains unanswered. How to move to the periphery of attention and delicate issue that seemingly should have been the main driving force of the plot. Such, it, however, remains, but essentially potentially controversial film is a classic drama of growing up, which is going through Carolyn. Although the nerves censors and guardians of morality Nushki van Brakel, of course, played with an enormous pleasure.