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EUFF 2016 Review: “A Noble Intention” (2015) ★★★


It’s Amsterdam in 1888. The Construction of the Central Station has begun. Yet there’s more to come to the city when the stubborn violin maker Mr. Vedder and his pharmacist cousin Anijs must face their past. Mr. Vedder refuses to sell his property to a new building company that intends to build a huge hotel. The entire neighborhood agreed to sell their houses for a huge sum. Mr. Vedder, who at the edge of losing his mind, does everything possible to confront the rich people who want to take away from him the only thing he pretty much has.

Film does not begin so pleasantly, as a violent and rape scene disturbs the audience while the father, Bennemin is forced to play a violin while he in the meantime must watch his daughter being raped by Sieger in front of him. This is how the viewer is taken from dark photography to a beautiful Amsterdam with some breathtaking scenery. Ebert is the assistant to Mr. Henkenhaf who is assigned to negotiate and finalize the deal with Mr. Vedder to demolish the house.

As the story unfolds, unstable and disturbed Vedder encounters more trouble with Hotel Victoria, that instead of being built on his property, will be built across his house. In the meantime, you will be taken back when we find a young woman being raped in front of her father, and Vedder’s cousin, who apparently pretends being a doctor. All these events will take place according to Anij’s and Vedder’s plan towards the less fortunate people, including Bennemin and Pet, his youngest son. The plan was to send them to the land with unlimited opportunities, however, when he hears nothing from them, Vedder’s entire future turns into a nightmarish dream.

A Noble Intention directed by Joram Lursen is planned to be screened as a part of the European Union Film Festival in Toronto this week. By offering a beautiful and soulful soundtrack, Lursen’s film touches some deep subject matter such as immigration, to pretend being a doctor and its implications, and how the big corporate construction companies can easily take over any residential area if they wish. However, that part unfortunately was not touched so deeply, but rather, explores the human behavior and the guilt that eventually eats a human soul from the inside. Despite those little facts, A Noble Intention is still worthwhile seeing, that I am sure won’t leave you indifferent, even though sometime after you may forget that you have ever seen it. 

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