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Love Is All (2007)

Alles is liefde (original title)
The bumpy love lives of four Amsterdam couples intersect during the days leading up to Dutch national holiday Sinterklaas.

Director:

Joram Lürsen

Writer:

Kim van Kooten (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michiel Romeyn ... Jan
Thomas Acda ... Ted Coelman
Anneke Blok Anneke Blok ... Simone Coelman
Carice van Houten ... Kiki Jollema
Jeroen Spitzenberger ... Prins Valentijn
Wendy van Dijk ... Klaasje van Ophorst
Peter Paul Muller Peter Paul Muller ... Dennis
Daan Schuurmans ... Kees Tromp
Paul de Leeuw Paul de Leeuw ... Victor Jollema
Lies Visschedijk ... Alicia
Marc-Marie Huijbregts Marc-Marie Huijbregts ... Rudolf van Hoogstraten Bosch
Lineke Rijxman Lineke Rijxman ... Jutta Horvath
Viggo Waas Viggo Waas ... Youri
Camilla Siegertsz ... Anneke
Bas Keijzer Bas Keijzer ... Rens
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Storyline

LOVE IS ALL Klaasje has divorced Dennis, who cheated on her with a school teacher. Dennis would like her back, but when she moves in with a young lover it looks as if he has missed the boat. Meanwhile, Klaasje's best friend Simone is the pivot of her family. Her husband Ted often feels redundant and he does not have the guts to tell her that he has been laid off. Pool attendant Victor is looking forward to marrying the love of his life, Kees. But Kees has doubts and keeps his fears at bay during weekends spent 'larping' (Live Action Role Play). Victor's sister Kiki, a sales assistant at department store Bijenkorf, is dreaming of a prince on a white horse. But she is unaware of the fact that a real prince, Valentijn, is crazy about her. With the arrival of a mysterious Santa Claus, all these amorous ups and downs reach a climax, while the happy endings come closer too. Written by Motel Films

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Taglines:

Love is like Santa Claus. Believing is everything.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Netherlands]

Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 October 2007 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,740,500 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,537,889
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"Alles is liefde" the soundtrack of the movie was created by the dutch band BLØF. See more »

Goofs

When Kiki Jollema falls off the coach, her back is turned towards the prince. However, when Prins Valentijn catches her, she faces him. See more »

Quotes

[Prins Valentijn climbed his way through the window of Kiki's appartment back to his hotel. Kiki followed him and jumps into the elevator with Valentijn just before it closes]
Kiki Jollema: Don't say a word!! I don't know how you usually treat your dates but I won't put up with this!
Prins Valentijn: [Kiki has a little cut on her cheek] Did you fall down? You're bleeding...
Kiki Jollema: [pushes his arm away] Get lost!
Prins Valentijn: I'm sorry... This wasn't supposed to happen...
Kiki Jollema: Oh, so what happened tonight wasn't supposed to happen?
Prins Valentijn: No that was supposed ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

During the initial credits, there is footage of the re-scheduled wedding. The rest of the credits are laid out as a wedding invitation/ card and have hand-written greetings to the couple inscribed, as well as stills from the film and small clips in floral heart shapes of couples (not necessarily from the film). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Spuiten en Slikken: Episode #5.2 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Seen It All Before
Written by Amos Lee (as A. Lee)
Performed by Amos Lee
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Finally a Dutch movie that isn't afraid of love
22 October 2007 | by erikweijersSee all my reviews

Who wouldn't want to unwrap Carice van Houten from her gift costume? She deserves her prince on the white horse because she comes to realize that she should believe in love. I also liked Anneke Blok, who plays a type that is rarely portrayed in Dutch movies: the busy mother who arranges everything and is heading towards a nervous breakdown. The gay couple is portrayed so matter-of-factly - not as some statement - that you are hardly aware that you are watching two men kiss each other on the lips.

The first half hour of the movie is especially funny. The movie then loses some of its momentum, despite the rapid cuts between the story lines. Some of the jokes fall flat and one extra character is hastily introduced. The finale on snowy Santa Claus's birthday makes up for a lot, although I found it a bit too understated to serve as the climax and bold moral statement that this movie deserves.

The multiple-story-line approach is a real balancing act and I applaud the filmmakers for their guts to set the bar so high. Also, I think to make a positive movie about love is in a way more daring than the cynical approach with a lot of cheap nudity, which since long has been the standard in Dutch movie-making.

Judging by the numbers of visitors, the filmmakers have succeeded in making the audience believe in love, at least for a short while..


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