Waiter (film)

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Poster Waiter.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Alex van Warmerdam
Produced by Marc van Warmerdam
Written by Alex van Warmerdam
Starring Alex van Warmerdam
Ariane Schluter
Mark Rietman
Thekla Reuten
Line Van Wambeke
Music by Vincent van Warmerdam
Cinematography Tom Erisman
Edited by Ewin Ryckaert
Distributed by A-Film
Release date
  • 10 September 2006 (2006-09-10) (Toronto Film Festival)[1]
  • 27 September 2006 (2006-09-27) (Netherlands Film Festival)[2]
  • 28 September 2006 (2006-09-28) (Netherlands)
Running time
97 minutes
Country Netherlands, Belgium
Language Dutch, English

Waiter (Dutch: Ober) is a 2006 black comedy film by Alex van Warmerdam. It tells the story of Edgar, a discontented waiter. The film had its world premiere on the Toronto Film Festival on 10 September 2006. It was the opening film of the Netherlands Film Festival, where Waiter received two Golden Calves, for Best Scenario and Best Production Design. In January 2007 the film received a Golden Film. The film is about stagnation of creativity and a take on overbearing of elements in life, it also takes wryly a puck-shot at god and his relation with humans.


Waiter tells the story of Edgar (Alex van Warmerdam), a waiter with a flair for the unfortunate. His wife, Ilse (Sylvia Poorta) is sick is overly rude to him. Customers at work constantly bully him and his neighbors make his life impossible. Fed up with the way his life is going, Edgar goes to the house of Herman (Mark Rietman), the scriptwriter who invented Edgar and is currently writing his story. Edgar complains about the events in his life that keep getting worse and begs for some positive events in his life, including a decent girlfriend. Herman decides to create Stella (Line Van Wambeke), but soon Edgar realizes that Stella will only complicate his life more. Meanwhile Edgar is pestered by his pushy girlfriend Victoria (Ariane Schluter), who constantly tries to be with him. Driven to insanity by Herman and his obnoxious girlfriend Suzie (Thekla Reuten), Edgar constantly tries to interfere with his story. Herman decides to make the story more extreme and violent and finally ends the story out of desperation with Edgar's death.



  1. ^ Film description: Waiter. Retrieved on 8 October 2006.
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Ober openingsfilm NFF, Cinema.nl, 2006. Retrieved on 22 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b (in Dutch) Winnaars Gouden Kalveren 2006, Netherlands Film Festival, 2006. Retrieved on 8 October 2006.

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