The film is a cheerful stylized musical comedy a la 8 femmes. The story happens in the guest-house of sister Klivia in one of the Dutch towns. The inhabitants of the guest-house are very ... See full summary »
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The film is a cheerful stylized musical comedy a la 8 femmes. The story happens in the guest-house of sister Klivia in one of the Dutch towns. The inhabitants of the guest-house are very cheerful and good-hearted persons whose open communal lifestyle is contrasted with the life of somewhat nasty and complaining neighbor behind the wall heer Boordevool. Boordevool has spent ages looking for reasons to shut the guest-house. One day a girl from the guest-house meets a nice young guy Gerrit. Sister Klivia lets Gerrit stay regardless of him being a thief. Will that give a chance to the insinuations of the neighbor? Written by
The red cross on the men's singlets has the letters J, Z, N and Z in the four corners. These are the initials of the film's title. The red cross on the marching girls' costumes is surrounded by the name of the film. See more »
Although the movie is set in the '60s, you can see a present day cat food tin when Ingenieur feeds his pill to Boordevol's cat. See more »
During the credits a home movie is shown in which the then princess Beatrix visits the resthouse with her son Willem-Alexander. Funny touch: Willem-Alexander is already wearing a crown and Beatrix is pregnant, expecting her second child. See more »
My husband's Dutch, but darned if I can speak the language. Still... I came out of the movie a week ago, and I'm still singing "Niet op de stollen staan / Ja zuester, nee zuester; niet met de deur slam / Ja zuster, nee zuster" (sp?). And HE doesn't sing...yet I keep catching him singing the Opa song. I keep thinking of the twisp and giggling.
The film is very, very, totally very dutch in wonderful ways. If you like some of the best comic Indian films of the 60's, this has some of the same charm, too. The cinematography and physical comedy is as gently goofy as the story and characters, and the actors are charming.
A note to the guy who left after 40 minutes...Boordevol starts out one-note but goes through...changes. Too bad you missed them.
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