A rich American couple, a family of Dutch criminals, a French gay couple, a working class family from Germany and an illegal Moroccan youth and his kid brother, are all in Amsterdam, each with their own story. Different reasons make their paths intertwine, leading to a dramatic climax that changes their lives for ever. Written by
Despite a cast full of good and even brilliant actors, despite a quite original idea in the first place and despite some nice moody scenes and shoots this movie doesn't work. We won't hang to much criticism upon the fact that everybody in this film seems to be perfectly multilingual. What we criticize is the crude drawing of the characters. Nearly half of the personage seem to be neurotic. The brothers of Roos (Katja Herbers) are not only criminals, but they are distorted into the deepest of their souls. So again a film transports the lie that criminality derives from decayed minds. We quit at an early stage when it became obvious that the dramatization is totally over top, pathetic and artificial. Every good idea is drowned in theatrical staging - exaggerations which turn the plot and the characters into pulp that in the end it is nothing more than colportage.
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