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

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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 ... See full summary »

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Stijn
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Roos
Jeroen Willems ...
Frenk
Sacha Bulthuis ...
Dokter Scheltema
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Huisarts
Gijs Scholten van Aschat ...
Doktor Jonkman
Dirk Zeelenberg ...
Makelaar
David Lucieer ...
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Eva Smid ...
Maud
Anne Marie Michels ...
Esther
Beppie Melissen ...
Moeder Carmen
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Ramon
Steef Cuijpers ...
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Wendell Jaspers ...
Anne
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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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26 November 2009 (Netherlands)  »

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A Woman Goes to the Doctor  »

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The Dutch title (Komt een vrouw bij de dokter) actually means "a woman goes to the doctor", which is the opening sentence of many jokes. See more »

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Raises questions that need answering: 8/10 just for that!
25 April 2010 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Like the book, this movie doesn't allow you to easily identify or sympathise with the main character. You have to admire the book as well as the film for bringing on a main character that you want to kick the sh1t out of every now and again, and still getting the sales that it does.

What the book does, and this carries over nicely to the film, is raise a couple what-if questions that many (read: most of us) would feel uncomfortable to answer. Mainly for that reason, the book got some irate reviews in the Netherlands. Since the movie is fairly true to the book's theme, it is inevitable that the same would happen again.

Barry Atsma does a stellar job in creating a character that most of us would want to kick the crap out for most of the movie. And Carice van Houten is... well, what can I say? If anyone could've done justice to the Carmen character from the book, it's her.

Do see this movie if you're ready to have your prejudices about love (we all have them) challenged. You might end up puzzled, which is a good thing, because it will force you to think.

If rethinking your values is not your Cup Of Tea, then I'd not recommend it.


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