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Carice van Houten,
Single father and Deli owner Daan tries to find love online. Katje a beautiful yet self observed designer opens a store next door, they instantly dislike each other. Daan daughter Saar loves swans, and the fact that they are monogamous for life. She sees her dad as a swan looking for his lifelong mate. Daan falls in love with a woman online, but when they meet she is not who he expects. *Subtitles
Hartenstraat or heart street is set in one of the most famous blocks in Amsterdam. Everyone who ever visited Amsterdam", surely took a stroll in one of these streets. It always had a sense of wonder, something larger than life.
Sanne Vogel, whose articles i enjoyed in "the film paper"( One of the best movie magazine in Europe),captures this perfectly. She creates here own world in these streets. Something similar to what Richard Curtis and Roger Michell did for "Nothing Hill",
It is one of the best Dutch produced feel good movies i have ever seen(without Carice van Houten in it). Dutch movie makers are mostly excellent, but slightly cynical movie makers, so this is a nice surprise. Somebody actually made a movie for the general public, with a real sense of character-play, rather than star-play.
The soundtrack is excellent. The two main actors do a fine job. The other actors are just perfect in their roles (Georgina Verbaan is hilarious). And the daughter of the male character is unforgettable. The climax is just fitting.
Yes it is typical and yes you have to go along(way) with the story. But it is a romantic comedy, with a sole purpose to entertain. And it does just that..
See this please.. and don't forget: Swans stay together.. forever.
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