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Stricken (2009)
"Komt een vrouw bij de dokter" (original title)

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A serial adulterer faces his demons when his loving wife falls severely ill.



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Dirk Zeelenberg ...
David Lucieer ...
Eva Smid ...
Anne Marie Michels ...
Beppie Melissen ...
Moeder Carmen
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Steef Cuijpers ...
Wendell Jaspers ...


Handsome Dutchman Stijn is the star of an advertising agency with his buddy Frenk and a hot womanizer. The boys start their own agency and Stijn marries colleague Carmen, who accepts his incurable greed for truly meaningless one-night-stands. Even fatherhood and a move to the boring country go well, until Carmen gets breast cancer. Now their lives are turned upside-down, maybe wrecked. Written by KGF Vissers

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An ode to love.


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Release Date:

26 November 2009 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

A Woman Goes to the Doctor  »

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€3,675,000 (estimated)

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(Dolby 5.1)


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2.35 : 1
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Directorial debut of Reinout Oerlemans, who, up until that point, was primarily known as an actor in soap operas and producer of TV shows. See more »


Featured in Pauw & Witteman: Episode #4.39 (2009) See more »

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Good movie, decent directing, touching story.
24 April 2010 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

For starters, i did not read the book. So i'm not going to make a comparison.

The movie has a heavy story to tell, as movies about cancer always have. But this one is different. The main character cant coop with the cancer his wife has, and fills his emptiness with the love of another woman. Not that he had such clean hands before, and his wife is aware of that. For some reason he just can't have enough of one woman. The movie will tell you how that develops trough time in the harsh time that is awaiting them.

Directing and script.

I found Reinout Oerlemans did a pretty good job on the directing, but there are a few critical points.I thought the directing got a bit in a loop, using to much of the same angles and effects which can be a bit boring for the viewer. The same thing happens with the script, you come to a point were everything is clear, and it should enter a new chapter in the story. But it seems the director needed to be sure he got the message to the viewer. And that for me is the weakest part of the movie, it spreads the whole thing a bit to long.


The acting is great, Carice does a great, great job (as always). Showing allot of different emotions and giving so much character to here role. Also Barry Atsma does a great job on acting as well, i was not familiar with him but I'm anxious to see more movies with his screenplay. All the supporting roles where fine and well picked. I did not notice my self the be annoyed with any role or what so ever.

A must see film, a directing debute for Reinault Oerlemans who did a great job, but could use a bit more finesse and diversity.

Tissues advised.

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