Described as a story about the twenty-something group in
Amsterdam struggling for love, this is a fine film for the
adolescent mind that hasn't yet been introduced to the
viewpoint that women are naturally more attracted to men
who abuse their friendship and treat them badly.
Director/writer Eddy Terstall has surpassed his previous
© Concorde Film, Den Haag
Two guys with a different approach to life go about
attacking their girl problems each in his own particular
way. Gino (Arthur de Boer) is butch and bad; he treats his
ladies whatever way he wants and they keep coming back for
more. Dimitri (Marc van Uchelen) is the soft, romantic
(i.e. boring) type who never seems to get anywhere,
especially not to the place he wants to get. Dimitri's
buddy Maarten (Daan Ekkel) and his wife Floor (Natasja
Loturco) are interspersed for comic relief at intervals
when the knowledgeable husband is always prepared to serve
up sexist advice for Dimitri (usually over the phone) to
the chagrin, dismay, annoyance, and upset of his wife.
The film attempts to be streetwise and "typically Dutch" in
its use of language, inclusion of home-grown weed, visits
to terraced cafes, and general relaxed atmosphere. It's
enough to put you to sleep. The producers believe that the
film deals with aspects familiar to men and interesting to
women while remaining tongue-in-cheek in approach. Excuse
me while I choke.
Superb points for the debut feature film performance of
Arthur De Boer as Gino. De Boer works professionally as a
sports journalist for the Dutch newspaper Het Parool, but
has previously appeared onscreen in George Sluizer's film
Dying to Go Home playing a supporting role. An eye-opening
talent as far as Dutch acting is concerned.
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