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The gripping true story of a Dutch girl who made an amazing career in the international narcotics world.



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The gripping story of the Dutch Bettien Martens, based on true facts. After making an incredible career in the international narcotics world during 1984-1992, Bettien was arrested at Piazza Navona in Rome as one of the targets of the International Police Operation "Green Ice". Bettien decided to cooperate with the police and because of her testimonies, many precious arrests were made. As of then, Bettien became a "Pentita" and now is a guest of the "Witness Protection Program". Written by Anonymous

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Girl next door turns into maffia career woman
17 April 2002 | by (Rotterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Two of the finest Dutch actresses, Thekla Reuten en Kim van Kooten, are young and close friends, waiting for what future will bring. Thekla dreams of moving to the South, of having a clothes shop on an island in the Mediterranean. She meets a boyfriend who shares this dream and has the money to make it come true. Suddenly he dies. She decides to go on her own. That's where the story begins.

By the way, it happens to be a true story. It is all fully documented by the Italian department of justice and in a book of a famous professor of criminology.

In the Mediterranean, a long way from home, Thekla Reuten "Bella Bertien" changes from modest shop owner into not so modest maffia manager. She never ever plans to do so, it just happens to her, but she energetically embraces it. Bella Bertien is a blondine with a lot of natural charm. The new found world appeals to her social skills and her ability to see through people. As her secret career in the world of excitement and money grows bigger, she cannot avoid a clash with her friend Kim van Kooten who continues to live in the normal world.

This movie doesn't portrait the maffia world. Neither are there car pursuits or big shootings in this low budget movie. And, unusual in a Dutch movie, also sex is lacking, although Thekla Reuten shows her great legs continuously. But script and acting in this movie are excellent. Bella Bertien wants to make the best of her life while life is overwhelming her. The metamorphose in her conduct and the look into her character are completely convincing and will fascinate every viewer.

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