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
This movie is why Dutch movies have a bad reputation. The stilted, sophomoric dialogue only highlights the director's inability to commit an autobiography to celluloid.
I like drug movies like Blow, Traffic, Home Grown, and of course the other side of the law, like Miami Vice.
However, this movie is too slow, it thinks it can just meander from event to event without actually contributing anything, which makes me think the book was badly written as well. Is the lead even a real blonde? Because her hair/wig thing looks like a five-year old took a can of hairspray and went crazy. You'd think that in Holland they'd at least could get a natural blonde to play the lead? How did this soppy melodrama ever get made? Why the title? Because in Holland right now it's become a tasteless cliché to put "la" in front of any woman who is perceived to be a diva (La Millekam, La Brink) - which is why another title is La Bella Bettien.
Classless, sycophantic, tasteless, uninspired. Not recommended at all.
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