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5 out of 24 people found the following review useful:
Impressed by the actor, but not the film, 8 July 2008

Yes, I am impressed too... but only by the play of Theo Maassen. I think he is the only Dutch actor (and Dutchman in general!) that I really and truly like. The film itself though is not just predictable, but also lacks sense, purpose: what was it made for? To plead for capital punishment or for life term in prison that would really mean life, because some people just have no place in the society and cannot be changed? It is unclear. Some might say "to entertain", but I think a society that finds watching murders being committed on screen "entertaining" is even more sick than the killers! Overall, very impressive Maassen and quite bleak poorly written script.

3 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
the political message of this film is clear - and I like it, but not so much the film itself, 5 April 2008

The political message of this film is clear - and I like it, but not so much the film itself. I think that the story is weak, the actors are not convincing (when you see how the South Korean actors are usually portraying North Koreans, you wonder did they do any research at all, never mind meeting the actual people! I am not Korean and I think I have more knowledge of what people in North Korea are like than the makers of this film! )and the ending is very predictable. It was a nice idea to make it, but as a film... I have seen political South Korean films that made me cry and laugh. This one just doesn't have the same effect.

Very recognisable, but bites more that it can chew, 27 March 2008

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The characters and the humour of this film are very recognisable (you might miss the meaning of some jokes if you are unfamiliar with life in N. Ireland). Definitely a story written by a local! Overall, far better than many N. Irish comedies that tend to contain too many primitive jokes. But I have one question to ask: how come to sell the wigs to the IRA would be "a betrayal of friendship" (with a protestant), but to sell the wigs to the British army is OK? Now, if the heroes would have sold the wigs to BOTH the British army and the IRA, at least, that would have been a genuine attempt to be just neutral businessmen. What we see in the film, is somewhat inconsistent logic typical for SDLP (a local Catholic party) voters who pretend to be apolitical, but in fact have chosen sides in the conflict just as all the others. I bet that the script writers votes for SDLP. You learn those things very quickly when you live here.

2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
You must have right sort of expectations for such films (small spoiler), 6 March 2008

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I found it very enjoyable. Why? Because unlike some people who left negative comments here, I never took the story seriously. With Bollywood films, you can't. Most of them are fantasy and should be seen as such. Stunning landscapes, good looking actors and actresses, nice music... what else do you need? It was interesting for me to see how people from other cultures portray my homeland. Much friendlier than Hollywood does, by the way! I don't think at all that this film was in any way racist. Yes, the rapist was Russian, and so what? If we are honest, just try to go alone in a park in a big modern Russian city - how many chances are there that nothing will happen to you? Most of us wouldn't chance it (Russia wasn't always like that, but that's another story). SPB (St. Petersburg) is well known for racist attacks at present, so the film was a lot prettier on this issue that it could have been. I must say though I had to laugh when one moment it was summer in the film and the next moment - deep snow all around, and again the next moment- summer again! But it didn't spoil the overall impression.

12 out of 35 people found the following review useful:
Shamelessly stolen Dutch version of "Love actually", 16 February 2008

It is not a bad film. It is pleasant to see, even though painfully predictable throughout. Nice actors. But the script is a shameless copy of British "Love actually". Besides, Kim van Kooten must have been living in some sort of a fantasy world: no foreigners ("niet Westerse allochtonen") in this movie at all! This isn't today's Netherlands; perhaps, this is how the Dutch middle class would like it to be, but it certainly does not reflect the reality! But then again, in real life Prince of Orange doesn't walk around the shops without security either,does he? All in all, not a bad fairy tale, but I would prefer to see something original, not just a cheap copy of films from other countries.

Ober (2006)
7 out of 32 people found the following review useful:
only a Dutch person can call this "a comedy"..., 10 February 2008

"It's really funny to see this poor guy being used as boxing equipment by almost everyone." - says another commentator. Excuse me? What is so funny about that? I have watched that film patiently; I have live in Holland long enough to understand what most other foreign viewers would experience as just simply plain stupid - but if you think that broad audience outside of the Netherlands is going to appreciate this film, you are sadly mistaken. It was boring, with nudity, sex and slapping filling the gaps in the poor written story - and actually far worse than many of the really strong Dutch films I have seen. The only moment I found funny was with 4 Africans - there is a good point there about the "quality" of a Ducthman as a lover!

8 out of 20 people found the following review useful:
For a start, I wouldn't call it a comedy, 31 January 2008

It is a good film, but I was expecting far better: after reading people's comments and also being fan of Jan Decleir who is indeed a very good actor. I wouldn't call this film a comedy at all, but that in itself is not a problem. The problem is that it is all very predictable and stereotypical: older lonely Westerner, desperate young Eastern European woman... blah-blah-blah, you name it. Yes, there were funny moments (mainly his meetings with other "potential brides"), but the whole picture is very bleak, just as the interior of the hero's house. Even Jan Decleir cannot rescue this film. You know in advance how it is going to end. You know exactly what the heroes are going to do next. Maria Popistasu is OK, but nothing extraordinary. And, most important, none of the heroes of this film deserves any compassion. In one word - boring.

Boy Ecury (2003)
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
This matter is not "just personal" (includes slight spoiler), 19 April 2007

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I really enjoyed this film; in particular because I feel related to the Antillean/ Aruban people, culturally and emotionally. The only thing I did not like, was the ending. I am not going to say what it was, I just disagree with the idea that if you avenge a relative who was a traitor, this somehow becomes "personal and not political". If you are a decent person, and it is war time, and your country is occupied by the enemy, no matter what your personal feelings are, you should accept that your relative got what he deserved for being a traitor. If you don't, and if you start betraying other people to the enemy, you are becoming a traitor yourself. There is nothing personal and everything is political about that in war time. The film also makes you feel cynical in a certain way: looking at the way Antillean and Aruban people are being treated in Holland today, you can't help wondering was it actually worth to sacrifice yourself for such a country... But of course, Boy Ecury could not have known what would become of it. He simply stood up for what was right and lived up to his ideals of freedom and equality.

1 out of 24 people found the following review useful:
If you don't want your children to grow into ignorant racists, don't show them this film!, 14 April 2007

"Nice movie for little children?" Allow me to totally disagree! I saw it for the first time today and I am still in shock! Thank god my children are too small to see it. Wat een racistische flauwekul! Here you have it, the whole standard racist lot: "good"Americans, "evil" Indians who kidnap children, always drunken Latin American "revolutionaries", Latin Americans who desperately "want" a Dutchman for their president and all whose sicknesses can be cured if they swallow mothballs! Not to mention that the evil Latin Americans (who have some Germans with "nazi accents" among them)force children into slavery (not a word of the West profiteering from child labour in Third World countries, that's too complicated for a little Dutch mind,of course!)... How much worse can it get?? If children in Holland grow up reading such books and watching such films,does it surprise anybody that they grow into Geert Wilderses?? Or that it is one of the most racist countries in Europe at present? The sad thing is that if I tell my Dutch friends about it, they won't even understand what I am talking about, as this is something they simply grew up with... I wanted to see this film because I liked "Minoes" so much. Apparently, Ms. Schmidt is not racist only when it comes to cats... Sad, really sad.

1 out of 13 people found the following review useful:
I actually found it a very sad film, 30 June 2006

I actually found it a very sad film. All the humiliations Jamaicans have to go through just in order to feed their families. Enormously stupid and arrogant American guests (I wouldn't want to have my holidays among such folks!). Beer drinking competition and crab races as "entertainment". And Jamaicans really believe that they are "free"??? And that the Cubans are not? I have had holidays in Cuba. All the staff who work with tourists, have dignity and self-respect because they won't starve if they don't please the morons with money. And the entertainment includes salsa lessons and Spanish courses. I would not want to be on holidays in Jamaica after seeing this film (poor waiter who had to sleep with that old fat cow!)and I do sincerely feel sorry for the Jamaican people who are very talented and friendly and certainly deserve better than serving a bunch of idiots.

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