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Loverboy (2003)

Seventeen year old Denise from the poor part of a Dutch city falls in love with the charming Michael who promises her a life she can only imagine. But Michael has a secret agenda and ... See full summary »

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Lodewijk Crijns
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Monique van der Werff Monique van der Werff ... Denise
Dragan Bakema ... Michael
Marie-Louise Stheins Marie-Louise Stheins ... Mother
Chantal Janzen Chantal Janzen ... Claudia
Joan Nederlof Joan Nederlof ... Aunt Jolanda
Terence Schreurs Terence Schreurs ... Felicia
Dunya Khayame Dunya Khayame ... Latoya
Bouchra Tjon Pon Fong Bouchra Tjon Pon Fong ... Priscilla
Philip Rachid Philip Rachid ... Lorenzo (as Philip Ivanov)
Tara Elders ... Julia
Walid Benmbarek ... Aziz
Monita Mac Intosch Monita Mac Intosch ... Naomi (as Monira Mac Intosch)
Maud Loth Maud Loth ... Teacher
Niels Croiset Niels Croiset ... Hair cut
Léon Roeven Léon Roeven ... Hotel Manager (as Leon Roeven)
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Seventeen year old Denise from the poor part of a Dutch city falls in love with the charming Michael who promises her a life she can only imagine. But Michael has a secret agenda and manipulates her into prostitution making her believe that's the only way to continue their expensive lives together. Written by Ilse

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Motel films

Country:

Netherlands

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Dutch | English

Release Date:

12 April 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

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Budget:

€700,000 (estimated)
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not the real problem
21 August 2004 | by HeraldSee all my reviews

This film is about loverboys, men who seduce young girls/women and force them in to prostitution. They're not very friendly people, usually using violence so that their victim is too afraid to do anything about their situation. So what do you do when you make a movie about loverboys? You make the loverboy a nice guy, someone who falls in love with his victim, awww isn't that romantic? Yes it is and that's the whole problem about this movie. It totally underrates the problem. Never is there a real threat, Denise the victim never seems to be stuck in her situation, she isn't forced to become a prostitute, she isn't forced to stay one. At the end she finds out that the loverboy has other girlfriends and then she just quits with the guy. Just like that.

One can argue that it wasn't the intention of the makers to make a film about the real problem, the actor portraying the loverboy did acknowledge that in real life the loverboy situation is far more violent. However since this film is about the only one about loverboys it's regarded as a good source and a good representation about it. And that's the real disturbing part since the film more or less promotes the good side of loverboys more than emphasize the negatives. At least the previous commenter also knows better.

In the Dutch show 'Cut (2003)' there was an episode about loverboys as well, but handled so much better. Especially since it didn't have a happy ending, and the girl that was the victim disappeared just like many do in real life.


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