A 17th century romance in which an artist falls for a married young woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait. The two invest in the risky tulip market in hopes to build a future together.
Tulip Fever Dreamfilm Review by Johny:
Quite confusing at first who the story was really about, since the narrator Mary is the house made and focuses on the story from her point of view but the camera focuses on Sophia. But then I realized that I actually enjoy it that was, it’s like that in reality also. Where we are the story teller but someone else is the center of attention. And I think it quite worked since the story then ended with Mary getting everything she had dreamed of. Cornelius and Sophia are quite an odd couple. Cornelius a lot older, knowing what he wants, and Sophia a lot younger not knowing what she wants, until one day when Cornelius asks an artist to do their portrait. A young man doing what he loves, but not so good at business. Jan Van Loos and Sophia is more of a match and they too realize that and fall in love, but they hide their affair good, only Mary finds out. Cornelius wants a heir. A son to take over everything when he dies. But they can’t get a child, the reason for that is unclear. The point of no return is when Mary reveals that she is pregnant, she knows that a pregnant house made would get fired, so she uses Sophias secret as leverage to stay.
I really enjoyed it, the story felt new and original. It gave me that fairy tale feeling, not childish but for grownups. Plus I like the hidden comedy in it, a lot of times where I started laughing.