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Hufters & Hofdames (1997)

A story about a bunch of 20-somethings in Amsterdam and their love-life, as told from 2 perspectives.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Marc van Uchelen ...
Dimitri
Arthur De Boer ...
Gino
Daan Ekkel ...
Maarten
Natasja Loturco ...
Floor
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Esther
Nadja Hüpscher ...
Susan
Miki Kobossen ...
Nurse
Femke Lakerveld ...
Heleen (as Femke de Brouwer)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marlies Bark ...
Anna
Marja De Winter ...
Susan's Mother
...
Doctor (scenes deleted)
Rolf Engelsma ...
Dressingroom Bragger 2
Fatiha Essalmy ...
Said's Mother
Vik Franke ...
Arrogant waiter
Janus Globanus ...
Arrogant waiter (as Lt. Janus Globanus)
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A story about a bunch of 20-somethings in Amsterdam and their love-life, as told from 2 perspectives. First, the movie focuses on Dimitri, who is hopelessly in love with Esther but can't move their relationship from friendship to something more. According to his friend Marten it's because he is too sensitive and should act more aggressively. Women want bastards not bridesmaids, he says. The second half shows the same events but from the perspective of Susan and her abusive boyfriend Gino. Gino is a real bastard and has no trouble in getting female attention, but his approach has its downsides too. Written by Bas de Reuver

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Tremendously funny!
16 September 2000 | by (Groningen, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is a tremendously funny Dutch comedy about a small group of nihilistic twentysomethings in 1990s Amsterdam, and the relationships between them. The key character is Dimitri (Van Uchelen), a nice but very shy boy who is desperately trying to end up in a woman's bed, helped by advice from his know-it-all macho friend (or is he?) Maarten (Ekkel). Dimitri would very much like to get involved with his close friend Esther (Lodeizen), but she is unwilling to go further than a platonic relationship. After some time, Dimitri is desperate and tells Esther to walk out the door. Precisely in that moment, he just about falls into the arms of another lovely lady, Susan (Hüpscher)...

The script tells the story from two different angles, first Dimitri's, and then a second time from the perspective of his girlfriend-to-be Susan and her annoying boyfriend Gino. Only then do we get a surprising new insight into the night when Dimitri and Susan first sleep together...

The film was made with an incredibly low budget and shot and cut in just a few weeks' time, but that doesn't show at all. The acting is good and natural, the story line doesn't feel artificial and the script has lots of very humorous twists. Watch, for example, the visualisations of Dimitri's fears and fantasies, or the running gag of the drug addicts carrying cartons of custard around. This is a very sympathetic film, it has really captured my heart. Decide for yourself: did you ever see a film whose closing credits include apologies to all the extras who were in scenes that didn't make it into the final cut?


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