Feature Film: Wilde Mossels – Press

Wild Mussels is a film full of desire, friendship and romance. A beautiful, raw and lyrical film about “happiness is a foreign landscape”. Great dialogues in
dry-comical dialect (PAROOL)

A talent as de Bruyn, which worked for five years on his film, is rare in our filmculture, because he unites impossible extremities: genrefilm and art-house-product,
realism and mythology, speed and contemplation, regionalism and universality… (NRC)

A vital and self-willed film, with comical and tragical escalating incidents, dream-images and surrealistic enlargements of everyday actions. Shot with flexible
virtuosity. (VN)

There is excellent acting, in which especially Fedja van Huet springs a suprise in a much burlier leading part as he portrayed in the Oscar-winning Character… (UTRECHTS
NIEUWSBLAD)

A daring, versatile soundtrack… Wild Mussels deserves a place on the rostrum, next to Character and the Polish Bride. In ‘Zeeuwse’ expression: a dyke of a movie… (HP DE
TIJD)

..Finally a film, which has it to become the Spetters (Paul Verhoeven) of the year 2000, and that’s meant as a compliment… Wild Mussels is a bloody beautiful and swinging
film about a couple of friends in a sad Zeeuws fishing village, who dream of a more exiting existence. Great dialogues in dry-comical dialect: Dried mussels, just grind ém up a bit, and when you smoke ‘em, believe it or not, you’ll be as spaced as a bull’… (UITKRANT)

..It’s not an easy film, but a film, which in the same time tries to win a young and wild audience, and goes it’s own way, averse to the accepted notions of how a Dutch
filmmaker should behave… A talent as de Bruyn, who worked for five years on his film, is rare in our film culture, because he unites impossible extremities: genre film and
art-house-product, realism and mythology, speed and contemplation, regionalism and universality. Personal and with guts he shamelessly constructed a form which does right
to Dutch and Zeeuwse paradoxes… De Bruyn shows himself as a daring, not autistic author. As no other he could help to fight the negative image of Dutch film.
(Hans Beerekamp in NRC HANDELSBLAD)

..It’s about this lost, powerless period in your life. Leen doesn’t dare to take a decision, he becomes dissatisfied about this and escapes in dreams and desires… A
universal theme.” …”I herewith declare Jacky and Wild Mussels best films of the year…( Dana Linssen in FILMKRANT)

..A vital and self-willed film, photographed with flexible virtuosity by Joost van Gelder…”
“…Leen’s frustrated possessive mother (Will van Kralingen), comical and tragically escalating incidents, dream-images and surrealistic enlargements of everyday actions.
Remarkable is especially that, in spite of an almost by scene changing approach – wide angle island-images in solemn pace, breathtaking edited rock-gigs, motor stunts in
slow-motion- Wild Mussels still became a stylistic unity and dynamic in spite of the absent plot driven storyline…
(Ab van Ieperen in VRIJ NEDERLAND)

..A film about people who suffer the tragic fate to live their lives without a plot… The film is a cinematographical equivalent of Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana);
sometimes tender, almost sweet and on other moments wild and raw… (TROUW)

..Erik de Bruyn made an energetic, raw and lyrical film about the young people who, in his Sea-land, stare over the water and who, on the edge of mud and sand, dream of
the other side…
…Wild Mussels looks as if there’s always some thunderstorm ahead. Even in the sad-comical scene in which a clumsy Leen (Fedja van Huet) tries to declare his love to the
red-haired Janine (Angelique de Bruijne) on a dike at sun dawn, the orange sunlight looks more like a glowing fire nibbling from the edge of the world, than a pink
romantic glow… (Linssen in NRC)

..Wild Mussels reminds of Tjechovs Three Sisters: They are just as stuck there on the Russian countryside as these three boys in ‘Zeeland’… (ALGEMEEN DAGBLAD)

..Wild Mussels beautifully represents the paralysing doubt of wanting but not daring, with Leen as the contemporary bearer of a restlessness as old as human nature…”
…”There is excellent acting, in which especially Fedja van Huet springs a surprise in a much burlier leading part as he portrayed in the Oscar-winning Character…
…breathtaking vitality… a rich film… (UTRECHTS NIEUWSBLAD)

..A daring, versatile soundtrack…Wild Mussels deserves a place on the rostrum, next to Character and the Polish Bride. …A hell of a movie!… (HP DE TIJD)

..Life will get better someday, someone sighs in Wild Mussels. A controversial statement, cause is life really going uphill, or is progression an illusion and should we
embrace the Here and Now? The dreamers amongst us will always keep on suspecting that it will be more fun ‘somewhere else’…These are people who place high but vague
demands on life, who are afraid to doze off, who feel a continuous restlessness, but who in the same time need an external impulse to change something. …Meanwhile
something beautiful is there right in front of you: one of the tragic things in life is that life can also be so beautiful, but that you’re often not able to realize this. Leen (an intensely acting Fedja van Huet) is such a person, who doesn’t recognize the happiness, and who suspects that it lays out of sight. Over yonder and right around
the corner, there is the territory of fantasy, and although everyone knows that this is also the territory where the idyll burst into pieces, it remains tempting to go
there…(FILMKRANT)