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Love Life (2009)

Komt een vrouw bij de dokter (original title)
A serial adulterer faces his demons when his loving wife falls severely ill.

Director:

Reinout Oerlemans

Writers:

Mischa Alexander (additional material), Gert Embrechts (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Carice van Houten ... Carmen
Barry Atsma ... Stijn
Anna Drijver ... Roos
Jeroen Willems ... Frenk
Sacha Bulthuis Sacha Bulthuis ... Dokter Scheltema
Pierre Bokma ... Huisarts
Gijs Scholten van Aschat Gijs Scholten van Aschat ... Doktor Jonkman
Dirk Zeelenberg Dirk Zeelenberg ... Makelaar
David Lucieer David Lucieer ... Doktersassistent
Eva Smid Eva Smid ... Maud
Anne Marie Michels Anne Marie Michels ... Esther
Beppie Melissen Beppie Melissen ... Moeder Carmen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walid Benmbarek ... Ramon
Steef Cuijpers ... Taxichauffeur
Wendell Jaspers Wendell Jaspers ... Anne
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Handsome Dutchman Stijn is the star of an advertising agency with his buddy Frenk and a hot womanizer. The boys start their own agency and Stijn marries colleague Carmen, who accepts his incurable greed for truly meaningless one-night-stands. Even fatherhood and a move to the boring country go well, until Carmen gets breast cancer. Now their lives are turned upside-down, maybe wrecked. Written by KGF Vissers

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An ode to love.

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

The Dutch title (Komt een vrouw bij de dokter) actually means "a woman goes to the doctor", which is the opening sentence of many jokes. See more »

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Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #15.1 (2019) See more »

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Talented, attractive players and an extraordinary script create a masterpiece.
28 March 2014 | by ahmrahtcheerSee all my reviews

European film companies willingly tackle subjects that no "self- respecting" U.S. film company would touch, probably for fear of alienating their market. Stricken is such a film. This Dutch offering could have only been produced in The Netherlands or Belgium and stars the inimitable Carice van Houten opposite the very capable Barry Atsma.

Convincing dialog, superlative acting, cinematography and directing, with a story line that will provoke thought and move you, this is not light fare, but a drama that offers real substance, raises valid questions and presents people as real people. The characters aren't perfect, aren't cookie cutter "heroes" or "villains," but possess flaws as well as virtues. The story line is multi-level and presents a facet of life in the Low Countries that has yet to be dealt with in our U.S. culture.

Food for the brain, possibly food for the soul (depending upon one's view of the issues), Stricken should be considered must viewing for anyone who looks to movies for more than light entertainment.

You may not agree with the moral decisions in the movie--by any of the characters--but the decision of Carmen (van Houten) is one that many will find understandable. It is her decision and the lifestyle choices of her and Stijn (Atsma) which, along with the events leading to her decision which create the drama, the tension and social/moral dilemmas.

I consider this to be one of the premier movies to come from Europe in the last decade. Few will consider it a peaceful film, almost no one could call it a "feel good" or happy movie, but it offers a view that some might find ultimately comforting.


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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

26 November 2009 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

A Woman Goes to the Doctor: An Ode to Love See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,675,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,138,456
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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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