Category Archives: Netherlands

“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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Delightful absurdity of a dysfunctional family, “Abel” [1986 Netherlands]

Alex van Warmerdam wrote, starred, and also made his directorial film début in what many consider to be a modern Dutch classic, “Abel”. It is also one of the most hilarious comedies I’ve seen from Holland – slapstick at … Continue reading

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Not for vegetarians – “Vlees” [2010 Netherlands]

From what I’ve seen so far, films by Victor Nieuwenhuijs and Maartje Seyferth are largely hit-and-miss, and experimental. Their more recent film however, the suggestively titled “Vlees” [Eng. Title: Meat] makes a sincere attempt to work with a structured … Continue reading

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Bien de Moor and others in “Code Blue” [Netherlands, Denmark 2011]

Talented Polish writer and director Urszula Antoniak impresses again in her second full-length feature, “Code Blue”. It’s an intense examination of loneliness and intimacy in the scale of Michael Haneke’s “La Pianiste”. I’m sure Ms. Antoniak would be pleased … Continue reading

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Déborah François and others in “My Queen Karo” [2009 Belgium, Netherlands]

I believe coming-of-age must be a favourite subject for Dutch-Belgian director Dorothée Van Den Berghe – this is the second film of hers that I’ve seen delving into it. “My Queen Karo” is a delicate study of a young … Continue reading

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