Category Archives: Dutch Cinema

Mucking about in the marshes: “Schneider vs. Bax” [2015, Netherlands]

Alex van Warmerdam showcases his unique style once again in the comedy thriller, “Schneider vs. Bax”. He remains among the select few who continue to write, direct, and star in their own films, with his family members also involved in the production.
We’re introduced to Schneider (a … Continue reading

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A brief review: “Dorsvloer vol confetti” [2014 Netherlands, Belgium]

Director Tallulah Hazekamp Schwab makes her feature-film début with the sweet and heart-warming coming-of-age drama “Dorsvloer Vol Confetti” [Eng. Title: Confetti Harvest].
 
Set within a conservative farming community in the Dutch countryside sometime during the early eighties, the film centres … Continue reading

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User-generated entertainment: “Steekspel” [2012 Netherlands]

Having had his break after Zwartboek, Paul Verhoeven eases back into film-making mode with “Steekspel” [Eng. Title: Tricked], by using it as a ‘creative-battery-recharging’ project. It’s a moderate success because, despite its meagre fifty minutes, the pint-sized featurette manages … Continue reading

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A film review: “Meisje” [2002 Belgium, Netherlands]

Dorothée Van Den Berghe’s début feature “Meisje” [Eng. Title: Girl] is about a young provincial woman who is determined to escape her mundane working-class existence, experience what it’s like to be ‘independent’, and get herself associated with refined culture … Continue reading

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Defending individual freedoms: “SM-rechter” [2009 Belgium]

For his directorial feature-length film début, Erik Lamens had chosen a sensational court case from late nineties’ Belgium as his subject. “SM-rechter” [Eng. Title: SM-Judge, Ger. Title: SM Richter] dramatises the story of a sitting judge who was convicted … Continue reading

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