Original Dutch film title:
Two brothers walk aimlessly behind strangers in search of a meaningful life.
Two brothers walk through their provincial town and observe. They are married to two sisters, but in fact with just the wrong one. The women have come up with a plan. One brother accepts the ultimate consequence of ‘shadow walking’.
The story of The shadow walkers depicts a world in which reality does not exist. To guard oneself from the horrors of everyday life, the protagonists in the story create their own humane world, alongside the threatening outside world. A small world in which everyone refuses to grow up and take part in the formal, adult world.
Two brothers, married to two sisters, but in fact with just the wrong one, walk through their provincial town and observe. They make connections between their observations and draw possible conclusions, without actually acting on them. Observing is not a means, but an end in itself. The brothers meet each evening for their daily shadowing; they follow random passers-by, sometimes for miles, to see where fate takes them and end up in odd situations. One brother accepts the ultimate consequence of ‘shadow walking’.
Pierre Bokma (Leen)
Aat Ceelen (Albert)
Jeroen Willems (Stijn)
Marlies Heuer (Judith)
Lineke Rijxman (Paula)
Ariane Schluter (Waitress)
Betty Schuurman (Margreet)
Jack Wouterse (Man with briefcase)
Han Kerckhoffs (Marco)
Dirk Zeelenberg (Frans)
Dennis Rudge (American soldier)
Jan Kruse (Schoonhoven)
script & direction: Peter Dop
camera: Lex Wertwijn, Jan Wich, Peter Brugman
light: Jaap Veldhoen, Wiro Felix
sound: Jac Vleeshouwers
art direction: Rebecca Geskus
costumes: Mariël Beemster
make-up: Florence Wartena
editing: Jan Dop
production manager: Anja Cloosterman, Anke van Loon, Monique van Welzen
line producer: Leen van den Berg
producers: Leen van den Berg & René Scholten
this film is a co-production of Studio Nieuwe Gronden and Van der Hoop Filmproducties and ZDF, in cooperation with RTE
this film is financially supported by:
Nederlands Fonds voor de Film
ZDF in samenwerking met RTE
Stichting Stadsmarketing Deventer