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Manslaughter (2012)

Doodslag (original title)
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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Marcel Lenssen (scenario), Pieter Kuijpers (contributing writer) | 2 more credits »
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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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Country:

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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Without Compromising. Dark, very Relevant, and Very very good
16 January 2012 | by martijn-154-312317See all my reviews

It's hard to write a review about such a relevant movie. "Why?" is the question that will enter your mind probably. Well, when you write a review about a relevant movie with themes so important in this time, you want to make sure you don't criticize the theme's but the movie.

Theo Maassen, whom is most of all one of the best comedian's the Lower lands has, plays this movie with finesse and touching realness. This is a hard movie. Not only does it depict reality very accurately. this reality is a reality without solutions, it's a reality with hard decisions, choices and dilemmas. Theo Maassen fits perfectly in this harsh dark world. No one else, and i really mean no one else could 've played this role better. no American, no Johnny Depp, No Elijah Wood, no dutch, nor American actor which i know. Now, you might have detected i'm a big fan of Theo Maassen. True. it might not be objective at all. But his acting is so fine, so detailed and filled with doubt I don't believe any other actor could do this. Mainly because Maassen plays this like a person, like a really human being, overwhelmed with reality.

Besides the wonderful acting of Maassen, also Gijs van Scholten Aschat plays his role as a comedian (a role which Theo plays in real life) to the point. Almost like it's real. It's a Dutch movie, you can see that. Now don't get me wrong, i'm not a superb film critic, i haven't seen "all" dutch movies nor a lot non American/British but this movie really has a dutch taste. The grimness, the hard themes it depicts and the uneasiness that crawls up under your chair are astonishing. The image is raw. The acting is raw. The story is raw. The decisions made in this movie are raw. So far for style, it deserves a fat 10.

Now about this themes. As we know from American movies they can really solve problems right? This movie doesn't solve. It poses questions. Now for that fact it could 've still been some art like fancy documentary. The good thing about this movie is that it doesn't just pose questions it asks questions which have no answer. These questions are a logical event of occurrences and don't ask for an "opinion" they just are. The way the characters deal with them are completely understandable but not predictable. Not at all. No spoilers. The themes are very relevant for our society. The questions are important not for people who work in hospitals or drive ambulances. On one hand it reminds us that all our media, and the ones that use it, should watch their mouth. It reminds us that saying "act normal" is easier said than done. It reminds our street kids to watch out who you bother and our "normal people" that sticky situations are easily created and hard to solve.

I actually wanted to write that this is not a movie for "normal people" but that's not what this is about. This is a movie without compromising, a movie without understandable questions, without happy ending, without answers, without solutions, without a shine on reality. Definitely a European movie. Definitely not for the ones who like easygoing happy endings. Ex-Drummer is the only movie i can compare this one with. but this one has a political tone. Starting with the first shot we get: a Quote from our prime minister saying "We need to win our society back from the bad guys". Well, after the first few minutes you already understand that this is not as easy as it sounds. Who are these bad guys? Bad guys apparently all have reasons to be one. These reasons are created by situations. This is a movie showing how bad guys are created. Unintentionally.

This is probably one of the best Dutch movies I've ever seen. If you cant' see it in cinemas, buy it. If you can't? Download it. it's to important to not see. Check it out!


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