De Smaak Van Water (1982)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Netherlands  |  
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As a social worker trying to cope with the emotional demands of his caseload, Hes (Gerard Thoolen) is usually as detached and aloof as possible, a frame of mind almost encouraged by the dullness of the bureaucratic life around him in the office. His attitude changes, however, when he encounters the case of a young girl kept locked in a closet by her parents until the time of their death -- and now the girl cannot handle the outside world. Hes needs all the patience, kindness, and strength he can muster to make some progress and break down her wild, asocial, animal-like behavior. He really wants to adopt the girl, but his wife is completely against that idea. Just when it seems there is some hope for bringing her to normalcy, the State approaches Hes with ideas of its own.

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adoption, imprisonment