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This dreary art piece depicts a romantic duo in their late teens who happen to be deaf. Each is defiant in his or her own way: He urinates in the window of his father's new Jaguar, while she just huffs off to her room during dinner. Obviously he has bigger issues than she.

Because this is artistic, we are subjected to lingering super-close close- ups of eyes, lips, shoulders, hair, etc., plus wheat fields, sunsets and cityscapes. Our star-crossed lovers are, of course, forbidden to see each other, so they go to great lengths to defy their parents. In addition, the boy is bullied at school and very nearly drowns one of his tormentors, so we know he is capable of great violence.

We see:
  • Michael Muller (in his first film role) is Nick, a swimming com- petitor and an angry teenager who fixates on the only kindred soul he has ever known.
  • Gaite Jansen ("Sonny Boy") is Evy, who wants to have his child so her parents can no longer keep her away from him.
After they run away together, they take shelter in an abandoned sub- marine anchored in the harbor. Along with lengthy scenes of lovemaking, we watch a slow-motion paint fight and numerous dim scenes of them traversing the gangway of that rusty old tin can. They do unforgivable things to one another, then seem to laugh it off. I guess love is blind.

To me, this capably done 2012 Seattle International Film Festival entry from the Netherlands (English captions) is Art, NOT Entertainment! (At least I wasn't entertained.)