A Dutch film, post-Saturday Night Fever, which follows the lives of three young men who are amateur dirt-bike motorcycle racers. They each fall in love with a young woman who, with her ... See full summary »
Hans van Tongeren,
Sort of a cross between "Love Story" and an earthy Rembrandt painting, this movie stars Rutger Hauer as a gifted Dutch sculptor who has a stormy, erotic, and star-crossed romance with a ... See full summary »
Monique van de Ven,
A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction... See full summary »
Jennifer Jason Leigh,
The young girl Keetje moves to Amsterdam in 1881 with her impoverished family, and is led into prostitution in order to survive. In the process she sees the corrupting influence of money. Written by
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Filming was done in The Hague, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Leiden and Brussels to provide an appropriate 19th century setting. Even so, many times a baker's car or basket weavers had to be placed strategically to hide 20th century antennae, parking meters and supermarkets from view. See more »
The classic Verhoeven touch in a relatively early film.
From this movie, it is easy to see how the director made it out of Holland and landed in mainstream Hollywood. He takes a very serious subject, extreme poverty and how it leads to social uprising, and adds his personal light touches that almost make you forget the political subtext. The "finger shadow" scene before the rape was a touch of cinematic genius that I almost missed the first time around.
The ultimate lesson seems to me to be, of course, that we are all whores, it just depends on how much we can afford to spend on clothes.
One question, if she was so poor, how did she keep her roots died blonde?
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