The Marathon

Director(s)
Diederick Koopal
Writer(s)
Martin van Waardenberg, Gerard Meuldijk
Cast
Martin van Waardenberg, Stefan de Walle, Frank Lammers, Mimoun Oaissa, Marcel Hensema
Producer(s)
Hans de Weers, Maarten Swart, Reinout Oerlemans for Eyeworks Film & TV Drama © Hollands Licht
Co-Producer(s)
Inspire Pictures
DOP
Jeroen de Bruijn NSC
Release
2012
poster The Marathon

Four middle-aged friends work together harmoniously in Gerard’s auto repair shop in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Unfortunately, business is not good. To save their shop, they need 40.000 euros, and they need it fast. Junior employee Youssoef suggests the four men take part in the Rotterdam Marathon and find a sponsor. They agree and Youssoef becomes their coach. But initially the training sessions are a farce. The physical condition of the men, who all smoke, drink, eat cake and play cards most of the day, is abominable. However, while training for the marathon, it becomes clear there is more at stake than just saving the auto repair shop.