Sabine (1982)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Netherlands  |  
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Nicky (Benthe Forrer) and her father (Rijk de Gooyer) go for a vacation (her) and for business (him) to Aruba, the Dutch island just off the coast of Venezuela, with the added twist that they have not really known each other all the while Nicky was growing up (she is now a buxom young 15 year old). Nicky's ambivalent feelings for her father churn up almost immediately, and she indirectly asks him (employing her invented alter-ego, Sabine) if it is okay for a teenager to fall in love with an older man - wanting to see what his reaction might be. Nicky is conflicted: possessive, jealous, and upset when her father sees no reason to change his style of living just because she is there with him - and he continues to stay out late with one woman or another. Nicky vows "revenge" and carries through by taking up with the piano player (Mike Burstyn). Meanwhile, the father has had problems with his business dealings, partly caused by Nicky's demanding presence, and partly because of a good friend, now a competitor. Nicky's relationship with the piano player starts to develop in earnest, and not surprisingly liberates her from the tempestuous feelings that dominated her relationship with her father - perhaps now the two can get along as normal people.



coming-of-age, daughter, father, jealousy, piano, possessiveness, revenge, sexual-awakening, vacation