THE SUR­PRISE

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - TB

★★★ Di­rected by Mike van Diem. Star­ring Jeroen van Kon­ings­brugge, Ge­orgina Ver­baan, Jan De­cleir, Henry Good­man When his beloved el­derly mother dies, Ja­cob (van Kon­ings­brugge) in­her­its a vast fam­ily for­tune. He sets about dis­man­tling his estate, so that he might give the money away and en­act a long-ges­tat­ing de­sire to kill him­self. Be­fore you can say “but, but, but . . . ” Ja­cob en­lists the ser­vices of Ely­sium, an il­le­gal death-as­sis­tance ser­vice who ar­range for their clients to meet with “ac­ci­dents”. It works bet­ter than you might think. Al­most cer­tainly the best eu­thana­sia rom­com of 2016. 12A cert, lim re­lease, 102 min

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