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Gebroken spiegels (1984)

Released in Holland as Gebroken Spiegels, Broken Mirrors is set for the most part in an Amsterdam brothel. Lineke Ripman and Henriette Tol play two whores who begin to rebel against their ... See full synopsis »

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Marleen Gorris

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Marleen Gorris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lineke Rijxman Lineke Rijxman ... Diane
Henriëtte Tol Henriëtte Tol ... Dora
Edda Barends Edda Barends ... Bea
Coby Stunnenberg Coby Stunnenberg ... Ellen
Carla Hardy Carla Hardy ... Irma
Marijke Veugelers Marijke Veugelers ... Francine
Arline Renfurm Arline Renfurm ... Tessa
Anke van 't Hof Anke van 't Hof ... Linda
Hedda Oledzky Hedda Oledzky ... Jackie (as Hedda Tabet)
Elja Pelgrom Elja Pelgrom
Johan Leysen ... The Boss
Rolf Leenders Rolf Leenders
Eddie Brugman Eddie Brugman ... Jean / Pierre
Beppie Melissen Beppie Melissen
Wim Wama Wim Wama
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Released in Holland as Gebroken Spiegels, Broken Mirrors is set for the most part in an Amsterdam brothel. Lineke Ripman and Henriette Tol play two whores who begin to rebel against their lot in life. Their story is counterpointed by a subplot involving housewife Edda Barends, who is kidnapped by one of the brothel's customers; as Barends starves to death, her captor takes photographs of her last days on earth. Somehow her demise is meant to be as much a "liberation" as Ripman and Tol's refusal to continue plying their trade. Throughout Broken Mirrors, the male characters are depicted as murderers, both literal and spiritual.

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

27 September 1984 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Broken Mirrors See more »

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Sigma Film Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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partisan chick flick for militants
9 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

There's a moment early in the film when one of the more seasoned prostitutes of Club Happy House tells a new employee, "All men are bastards. Even the nice ones aren't nice," and everything that follows repeats the same theme without variation, striking a single note with sledgehammer finesse for nearly two hours. In between scenes of oppressed whores going about their business is an ongoing, unrelated episode showing a faceless (male) kidnapper brutalizing his helpless but noble (female) victim by chaining her to a rusted cot and taking Polaroid snapshots of her slow disintegration. Writer director Marleen Gorris certainly has a chip on her shoulder, but any criticism of her film (no matter how valid) by a member of the wrong sex runs the risk of looking like a typical knee-jerk over-reaction. Sure, and those viewers who champion the film will no doubt recommend it for its impartial wisdom and subtle artistry?


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