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A psychological thriller, based on one of the most controversial court cases in the Netherlands. Lucia, a nurse, is sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly having killed at least seven babies and elderly people. Written by
Whistle-Blower Metta de Noo, who spent years trying to prove that Lucia was innocent, was disappointed with the outcome of this movie. In an interview with RTV Oost she stated that the case was way more complex than is shown in the movie. It's striking that in the movie the real life whistle-blowers are replaced with a fictitious young female character who worked at the OM. The 'fictitious young character at the OM' is an amalgam of Metta de Noo (and her brother) and a real-life but never identified OM-staffmember, who called Lucia's lawyer. The call boiled down to: "Your client is in prison. But we were wrong. We made a mistake." Unfortunately, there is only 90 minutes to tell a story - and to tell it in a dramatically satisfying way, so some of the (complex) elements are lost. See more »
The movie takes place in 2001 but when Lucia's colleagues talk to the police about her, a computer monitor clearly shows the Microsoft Windows Aero interface which wasn't available until Windows Vista was released in 2006. The screen, however, looks more like Windows 7 which did not release before 2009. See more »
Of another Dutch film which I reviewed called De poel, I said that it was very much done in the style of American remakes of Japanese horror films. Lucia de B. seems more or less to be done in the style of English detectives.
The movie aims to show the injustice and to make you feel the emotions that Lucia went through but the movie is done in such a way that I ended up looking from a distance at a stylish movie. Sure it has colors which are sombre when she's in jail and colors which are vivid when she's freed in the end but that's really not enough. OK, there's (amongst a few other shots) a rotating shot which fades to black after she's vomited in the toilet but that too is done in such a stylish fashion... It's like a shot from a David Lynch movie. It's not what works for this story in my opinion.
The way it portrays police officers and some of the people who worked with Lucia in the hospital is really, really awful. These characters are like villains the way you see them in the movies.
I also think it needed a director who was angrier (or one who was more able to express or capture their anger on the screen) in order to make it more poignant as I feel it's still too clinical now.
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