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The Northerners (1992)

De noorderlingen (original title)
During the summer of 1960, the idiosyncratic residents of a one-street Dutch suburb collide in intertwining stories of desire and frustration.


Alex van Warmerdam


Alex van Warmerdam (screenplay), Aat Ceelen (in cooperation with)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Wouterse ... Slager
Annet Malherbe ... Martha
Rudolf Lucieer ... Jager
Loes Wouterson Loes Wouterson ... Elisabeth
Leonard Lucieer Leonard Lucieer ... Thomas
Alex van Warmerdam ... Postbode
Veerle Dobbelaere Veerle Dobbelaere ... Agnes
Dary Some Dary Some ... Neger (as Dary Somé)
Theo van Gogh Theo van Gogh ... Dikke Willie
Jacques Commandeur Jacques Commandeur ... De Onderwijzer
Loes Luca Loes Luca ... Moeder Dikke Willie
Leny Breederveld Leny Breederveld ... Buurvrouw
Olga Zuiderhoek Olga Zuiderhoek ... Buurvrouw
Cecile Heuer Cecile Heuer ... Buurvrouw
Annemarie Blom Annemarie Blom ... Buurvrouw


A surreal black comedy set in a decrepit 1960's housing development. When his mother is drawn into sainthood and the resulting frustrations of his father become too difficult to manage, Thomas, a young boy, becomes obsessed with events on the broadcast news. The liberation of the Belgian Congo is taking place and Thomas becomes Lumumba, one of the contenders as the Congo's new leader. He is encouraged in this escapism by Plagge, the postman who reads all the mail and knows all of the bizzarre and intimate secrets of the eccentric inhabitants of the estate. Written by Michele Wilkinson, University of Cambridge Language Centre

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Comedy | Drama


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Selected as part of the Canon of Dutch Cinema in 2007, consisting of "sixteen important and defining movies that show the versatility of Dutch movie history". See more »


During dinner, the butcher runs out after his wife, leaving a full plate. Upon his return the plate is nearly empty. See more »


Referenced in Eggs (1995) See more »

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Magic where you least expect it
22 January 2000 | by steven-3See all my reviews

Alex van Warmerdam is one of the very few Dutch directors whose films I can bear to watch. He has created a number of very good absurdistic movies (Abel, de Noorderlingen, de Jurk, kleine Teun), of which I liked de Noorderlingen best; its weird scenes are evidence of a wonderfully imaginative and free mind. Van Warmerdam has something of a voyeur, a trait which influences all his movies; what better setting could he choose than a hideously Dutch, `modern' village where all the people are continually spying on each other through their large front windows. Yet if you expect that all magic would have disappeared from such surroundings, think again.... there are fairies in the woods nearby and one inhabitant turns out to be holy.

I can tell you from personal experience that there exist Dutch people with a sense of humour, but if you don't believe me be sure to go and watch this movie.

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Release Date:

17 April 1992 (Netherlands) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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