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A lonesome ambulance driver turns both his life and society upside down after one night he violently loses his temper with the hoodlum youths who hinder him in performing his duties.

Director:

Pieter Kuijpers

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Theo Maassen ... Max
Gijs Scholten van Aschat ... Felix
Maryam Hassouni ... Amira
Janni Goslinga Janni Goslinga ... Bettie
Casper van Ouwerkerk Casper van Ouwerkerk ... Abel
Najib Amhali Najib Amhali ... Vader Mo
Eric van Sauers ... Taxichauffeur
Matthijs van Nieuwkerk Matthijs van Nieuwkerk ... Matthijs van Nieuwkerk
Arie Boomsma ... Arie Boomsma
Martijn Koning Martijn Koning ... Mo
Stefan de Walle Stefan de Walle ... Jos
Ad van Kempen Ad van Kempen ... Ger Hendriksen
Marjon Brandsma Marjon Brandsma ... Ellie Hendriksen
Micha Hulshof Micha Hulshof ... Boris
Mamoun Elyounoussi Mamoun Elyounoussi ... Achmed
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Max's ambulance is being held up by a small gang whose friend has a minor injury. Max, on his way to a woman who is giving birth with complications, hits a boy trying to unblock the road. The boy dies in the hospital while in the next room the baby and mother survive. Is Max a hero or a murderer? Written by Anonymous

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Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

12 January 2012 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Emberölés See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€166,315 (Netherlands), 15 January 2012, Limited Release
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Gijs Scholten van Aschat, mostly known for his dramatic performances, plays a stand-up comedian here. In real life, his fellow actors Theo Maassen, Najib Amhali, Eric van Sauers and Martijn Koning are best known for their stand-up comedy routines outside of film. See more »

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The opening credits include a statement by Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister at the time the movie was made: "We willen de samenleving terugveroveren op de hufters", or in English: "We want to recapture society on the bastards". See more »

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Excellent drama/thriller that puts the finger on the sore spot
29 May 2012 | by markvanwasbeekSee all my reviews

'Doodslag' (which translates to Manslaughter) tells us the story of Max, a veteran ambulance-driver who gets driven to mental breakdown. The build up of the story is quite fast, and after some minor incidents showing Max getting disrespected and even made fun of on national television by a famous comedian it eventually leads up to the unintended death of a young street thug. On their way to a emergency delivery Max (and his new colleague (Amira, portrayed by Maryam Hassouni)get stopped by a group of street youth when their friend had a accident and has superficial headinjuries. The tension builds up, and with all the stress Max has to cope with he snaps, hits one of the guys who falls on the curb and dies on the spot. Max is sent to prison for one year, but it doesn't stop there. The friends of the street thug are bound for vengeance, and start threatening and harrasing him. In the mean time the comedian that made fun of him earlier finds himself feeling sorry for his actions, and hires Max as his personal driver.

I found this movie to be very intelligent and uncomprimizing. This film shows the degrading of society (emergency personell frequently get harassed in the Netherlands these days) but it does not judge whether Max is a criminal or a hero. The Maassen reprises a strong role (after his first movie: TBS) and I think no other Dutch actor can portray such a dark and gritty character. Maryam Hassouni also portrays an excellent role as Amira and I also see a bright future for her acting career as well.

I also find the directing very good, I am only guessing why the 2nd chapter is in black and white. The only reason I can think of is some 'artsy' addition or something. The soundtrack is also very good, and fits the film very well.

Overall I would say this is a must see, and another gem of Dutch cinematography. These don't come around very often.

9/10


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