Nachttocht is a dutch film originally released for TV. Directed by Nick van den Boezem the movie tells the story of the 12 years old Thomas ( Abel Claassen) and his quest for friendship and love. He takes rowing lessons and is really fond of his teacher who according to his mother is unlike the bullies trainers in the other clubs and really knows how to work with children. Thomas idolizes his trainer – and when the boy discovers that the person he felt such a love for lied to him in order to sleep with his mother – his heart is broken. Its hard for him to understand why his trainer would prefer to be intimate with his mother than to be with him as his friendship and love are pure .
Overall Nachttocht is an excellent coming of age film about friendship, betrayal, love and confusion. The cast did a good job, especially the young lead Abel Claassen in the role of Thomas. There were few slight moments in which the actress who played his mom lacked a bit of sincerity, but it could be just me .
I personally liked the film because it brought back some memories to me of a friendship and a rowing trip I once did in the US. Nachttocht is a rare film which nowadays is gaining popularity despite being released in 1982. There are no indecent scenes whatsoever which makes it suitable for all ages.
The DVD of Nachttocht was provided by CVMC. Without their support this review would not have been possible.