Tiramisu (4 stars)

This article is from 2008.


(Paula van der Oest, Netherlands) 90min

Abandoned by her theatre director husband for a younger woman, middle-aged actress and retail therapy junkie Anne seems unconcerned by the impending loss of the Amsterdam houseboat she and her long-suffering daughter live on. Then uptight auditor Jacob arrives to assess the thespian’s ailing finances, and as art and commerce clash, painful truths are exposed but with some surprisingly helpful solutions. Sweet but never sentimental, this comic drama from the Netherlands is a genuine crowd-pleaser. Writer-director Paula van der Oest pulls off the tricky feat of maintaining the awkward romance and winning comedy of an odd couple scenario without recourse to cliché (the film doesn’t end in the way you might expect). And in their adversarial roles extrovert Anneke Blok and introvert Jacob Derwig are a delight.

Cineworld, Fri 20 Jun, 7.30pm; Sat 21 Jun, 3pm, £8 (£6.40).

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