in about 100 words or less
Netherlands 102m, Colour
Director: Paul Verhoeven; Cast: Jeroen Krabbé, Renée Soutendijk, Thom Hoffman, Dolf de Vries
The Fourth Man is a psychosexual thriller about Gerard Reve, an alcoholic bisexual Catholic author who becomes obsessed with the boyfriend of a wealthy woman who seduces him after a reading at a local literary society. After discovering that his femme fatale has had three previous husbands who had died, Gerard’s overactive imagination turns to paranoia, believing himself to be her next victim. The film’s many twisted religious elements are absurdly comedic which seem to provide an insight into Verhoeven’s sense of humor (Klaus Ming October 2016).
I love Verhoeven! He is a very misunderstood filmmaker. This is his masterpiece.
I ended up enjoying this one more than I thought I would. It was a lot funnier than I expected. I’ve come to appreciate Verhoeven’s work a whole lot more in recent years.
Have you seen Elle (2016) yet? It looks pretty interesting.
I haven’t seen “Elle” yet. The reviews are good. And I love Isabelle Huppert! I can’t wait …