Category Archives: Dutch Cinema

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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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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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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Building a strictly online relationship – “Offline” [2012 Belgium]

Flemish director Peter Monsaert appears to be yet another exciting prospect from Belgium, and if his future films also turn out to be anything like “Offline”, we sure will be in for a treat.
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Rudy (Wim Willaert), released from prison … Continue reading

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