Category Archives: Netherlands

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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Medieval business: “Goltzius and the Pelican Company” [2012 UK, Netherlands]

After Nigtwatching, Peter Greenaway pays his next homage to Dutch masters with “Goltzius and the Pelican Company” – a semi-biographical account from the life of sixteenth century engraver-printmaker Hendrik Goltzius, recalled ten years after his business trip to Italy … Continue reading

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“Loft” – a cautionary tale for would-be philanderers [2010 Netherlands]

OK, the film might not quite say that – but Antoinette Beumer’s thriller “Loft”, the remake of a Belgian original based on Bart De Pauw’s screenplay, comes pretty close to telling us that extramarital affairs are harmful to people’s … Continue reading

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