Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 21, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Morlang

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
95 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/23/04
performer
Paul Freeman, Diana Kent, Susan Lynch, Joe Gallagher, Eric van der Donk
director
Tjebbo Penning
distributor
Film Movement
author
Petra Goedings
genre
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it a D+

How much of a vengeful and selfish SOB can an artist be and still keep a wife and girlfriend in love with him? And to what ruthless ends will he go to keep the creative mojo flowing? Those are the minimally interesting intertwined themes of Morlang, a portentous and goopy Dutch drama directed by Tjebbo Penning, in which the holy agony of creative expression is accompanied by plinky music, and the wild Irish countryside is always kissed in mist. Paul Freeman, silvery villain of ”Raiders of the Lost Ark,” plays cold-blooded painter Julius Morlang, whose reaction to his (briefly cheating) wife’s diagnosis of terminal illness is, What does this mean to me me me? Penning makes heaven hold its breath while Morlang decides.

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