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German and Dutch Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Dutch Titles

Dutch Titles

"A young, single woman escapes her life through the fantasy of anonymous phone sex."

Aanrijding in Moscou
"Matty is the mother of three, works at the post office, and has a cheating husband who has run off with one of his students. A fender bender at the grocery store changes her life when she meets Johnny, a much younger man. After a romance ensues between the two, Matty's wandering husband comes back home. Caught between the two men in her life, se must decide if she will settle back into the life she was leading, or to break into something new and unknown."

Antonia's Line
"A remarkable portrait of a family and a community, of mothers and daughters, and of one indomitable woman. Earthy, sexy, romantic, filled with laughter and warmth, it's a joyous celebration of simple pleasures and enduring passions."

The Ardennes
"Brothers Dave and Kenneth are reunited on Kenneth's release after four years in prison following a failed home invasion. While Kenneth is anxious to dive head first into the drug-centered existence that ensnared him in the first place, Dave and Kenneth's erstwhile girlfriend, Sylvie, have adopted clean lifestyles."

Ben X
"An autistic teenager retreats into the world of online gaming, to escape bullying at school. With the help of a friend he meets online, he devises a plan to confront the bullies."

Black Out
"On the day before his wedding, retired criminal Joe wakes up next to a murdered man with no recollection of what happened the night before. He soon discovers that a group of gangsters have pinned him as the lone suspect in the theft of twenty kilos of cocaine. He's got to get it back in 24 hours, or the life of his bride will be in serious danger."

Blind Date
"A bartender watches with amusement as a married couple role plays as strangers to overcome the pain of their daughter's death."

The Boys
"In this beautiful and uplifting gay romance, two teen track stars discover first love as they train for the biggest relay race of their young lives."

Business Is Business
"A bawdy though sympathetic look at the lives of two Amsterdam prostitutes, 1971's Business Is Business was the film debut of Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, who would later graduate to the Hollywood mainstream with films like Total Recall and Basic Instinct. Ronnie Biermann stars as Greet, a worldly wise prostitute who, in between gratifying the often bizarre needs and fantasies of her bourgeois clients, is decently protective of her neighbor and friend in the trade, the busty, younger Nell of whose relationship with an abusive leech she disapproves. Finally, she decides they must both break out of their decreasingly fulfilling lives and seek out matrimonial stability."

"The late director Theo van Gogh, murdered in an attack that shocked the world, offers a pulsing, contemporary story of young men caught between the cracks of society in this bristling crime drama. A sort of Oliver Twist set to gangsta rap. Cool! provides a glimpse of a multi-ethnic, fractured Holland in which young men engage in macho posturing, seeking an image of male power to deliver them from their downward-spiraling lives."

Everybody's Famous! = Ledereen beroemd
"An ambitious father constantly pushed his daughter to be a recording artist and has her compete in every competition around town. The daughter, Marva, does everything to fail in her chances. When a famous pop star stops to help Marva's dad, he decides to kidnap the star and 'ransom' her for 15 minutes of fame for his daughter."

4th Man
"Only two years separate The Fourth Man, the final Dutch language movie by director Paul Verhoeven, and the explosive commencement of his Hollywood career. Controversy raged about violence in Flesh & Blood, RoboCop and everything else he made thereafter. Yet controversy has always been a part of the filmmaker's work. This savage comedy shocker could well be seen as a trial run for Basic Instinct, since it features an ice-cold seductress with mysterious motivations and sexual preferences. The hallucinatory tale follows a novelist first falling for her, and then feverishly investigating whether she's a serial husband killer. The film is full of what would soon be recognized as Verhoeven trademarks: a little blasphemy, a lot of nudity, dispassionate characters, and hidden agendas. One of the aspects that caught the eye of international audiences was the film's colorful lighting and camerawork. This was from Jan de Bont, who, thanks in large part to Verhoeven, would go on to direct Speed and others. Full of symbolic flourishes and allegorical plot points The Fourth Man is a dizzying display of the type of black comedy that not even Verhoeven can get away with in today's politically aware industry."

"'The Brothers Grimm' meets David Lynch in international award-winning director Alex van Warmerdam's twisted and darkly comic fairy tale that transports viewers from bleak, snow-frosted woods to a windswept ghost town. Siblings Jacob and Marie embark on a journey to Spain to live with their uncle when their parents can no longer support them."

The Heineken Kidnapping
"Amsterdam, 1983. Alfred Heineken, one of the world's wealthiest brewers and arguably the most influential man in Holland, is kidnapped by a gang of young hoodlums and held for ransom. Chained to the wall of a cold, cramped cell for 21 grueling days, the business magnate is subjected to humiliation at the hands of the kidnappers. But when the ransom is paid and Heineken is set free, he embarks on a personal vendetta to find his captors and exact revenge."

"A frank and explicit look at carnal desire that is told from a disctinctly female perspective ... an erotically charged portrait of a woman whose casual sexual encounters mask a loneliness and a craving for intimacy. Hemel (Hannah Hoekstra) is a young woman who drifts through a series of anonymous one-night stands and seems only close to her father. When he finds himself a girlfriend, Hemel's jealousy puts her on the emotional edge" - Container.

"When a renowned political journalist is forced to interview famous actress, both reveal their darkest secrets."

It's All So Quiet
"A closeted gay, middle aged farmer lives with his aged and bedridden father. As his father's life begins to fade, his own gains a new momentum--but at what cost?"

"Johan is the eleventh male child in a family of soccer players, and the only one who would rather listen to music than practice dribbling and headers. When the love of his life falls for one of his soccer star brothers, Johan must realize his own dreams elsewhere."

Katie Tippel = Keetje Tippel
"Made in 1975 and directed by Paul Verhoeven, Katie Tippel  is a handsome period drama set in 19th-century Holland, based on a true story. The second eldest daughter in a poor, Friesland family who move to Amsterdam, Katie  must find whatever work is going to make ends meet. She has already learnt to have no faith in her weak father. Now, as she enters a succession of jobs in which she experiences both exploitation and sexual harassment, she learns that men want her for only one thing. Duly, at the behest of her own mother, she enters prostitution. However, when she becomes model to an artist she is finally able to escape the poverty trap and ascend the social ladder, particularly when banker Hugo takes her as his lover. All this is set against a backdrop of social foment as the workers' impatience at poor social conditions increases."

Karakter = Character
"Dreverhaven is dead. The city's most feared bailiff, the curse of the poor, the agent of law without compassion--discovered with a knife through his heart. A self-taught lawyer who just passed his exams was the last person to see Dreverhaven alive. Now, the police want to know why he visited the old man, and the young barrister is ready to tell the story of a lifetime."

Left Bank
"A dedicated professional runner is sidelined by an infection. But when she impulsively decides to move into her new boyfriend's high-rise apartment on the outskirts of Antwerp, she will discover that his 'perfect' home may hold strange powers and even darker secrets. The previous tenant disappeared under mysterious circumstances."

Max Havelaar of de koffieveilingen der Nederlandsche handelsmaatschappij
"A film about Dutch colonialism in Indonesia centering on the character Max Havelaar, a naive idealist who tries to make changes that will help the local people he is charge of."

May 6th = 06/05
"A dangerous game of cat and mouse is set in motion following the murder of a prominent Dutch politician. Tabloid photographer Jim de Booy, a crime scene witness, stumbles into an investigation that reveals a complex conspiracy, putting his life and the lives of everyone close to him at risk. Based on events surrounding the 2002 assassination of Pim Fortuyn."

Miss Minoes
"Miss Minoes is a cat who is transformed into a young woman and befriends Tibbe, a shy, bumbling reporter for the local paper. Miss Minoes, still recognized as a cat by neighborhood felines despite her new appearance, organizes them into a news-gathering service and helps Tibbe become a star reporter. He soon turns investigative and discovers that the popular chairman of the 'Club For Friends of Animals' and boss of a nearby factory has evil plans."

My Queen Caro
"Ten-year-old Karo grows up with her parents in an Amsterdam commune in the seventies. As an only child, she leads a carefree existence in this utopia-for-adults. The mandate says that everything is to be shared in the squat. But soon not everyone is able to honor these ideals, leading Karo to get caught in the crossfire of the internal conflicts that begin to divide the group and threaten her family. Karo slowly realizes that nothing can stay the same forever."

Noordzee, Texas
"A teenage boy's search for love finds him fixated on the boy next door."

Out of Love
"The story encapsulates the sweltering and devastating dynamics of love in the turbulent relationship between Varya and Nikolai, where genuine love and hope contend with destruction and despair. It is an enlargement of something all know or might have experienced. Some to a larger extent than others. A love story in which love and hate collide, reinforce one another, intermingle, fuse, make a pact, and kill one another. A love story in the extreme."

Pauline & Paulette
"Pauline lives with her sister Martha in a small town in Belgium. Pauline is childlike, a mentally retarded older adult, who can't tie her shoes, but who spends hours watering flowers in the garden. Her greatest love is her glamorously zaftig sister Paulette, a community opera diva who surrounds herself with bright colors. When Martha dies unexpectedly, Paulette tries everything in her power to shove Pauline out of her life and into their sister Cecile's (Rosemarie Bergmans), or an institution."

"The story of Ayoub, a 17 year-old in Amsterdam who falls in love with a taken neighborhood beauty."

Secrets of War
"Tuur and Lambert are best friends in a Nazi-occupied Dutch village who pass their days playing soldiers and exploring local caves, mimicking a war that seems far removed from their everyday life. When Maartje joins their class, the young girl immediately stands out as different from her classmates. Yet the boys embrace their new friend, forming a unique bond based on shared adventures, secrets and mischief. Ultimately, the realities of war even find them."

Soldaat van Oranje  = Soldier of Orange
"...offers a movie-view of World War II as seen in the Netherlands by civilians and members of the underground during the Nazi occupation. In 1939 six college students, fraternity brothers, pose for a photograph--dashing Erik, mischievous Guus, 'Mr. Particular' Nico, athletic Jan, carefree Alex, and aspiring professor Jack. Then WWII begins and their placid lives, full of wealth and comfort, change irrevocably. Helpless, Erik can only try to survive himself, as some of his best friends die, some turn traitor, and others cover themselves with glory."

"Set in 1970s Holland, this is the story of three young working-class men with a passion for motorcycle racing and for the same young woman."

Spoorloos  = The Vanishing
"During a road trip with her husband, a woman is abducted by a methodical, calculating psychopath. Her husband becomes obsessed with learning her fate, and neither time nor the love of another woman can end his tormented quest."

"During WWII, a member of the Jewish Council of Amsterdam finds a way to spare children from deportation to the death camps."

Turkish Delight
"Although the confectionary does make an appearance at the end of the film, Turkish Delight, as a title, may be interpreted in a number of ways. This violent tale of love is told in flashback from the perspective of bohemian artist Eric Vonk (Rutger Hauer, collaborating for the first time with director Paul Verhoeven). When the film opens on a brutal attack and then a succession of one-night stands, it seems that the guy's a complete jerk. Then a sudden lurch backwards two years reveals the motivations for both his dreams and behavior, as well as the subject of the photos he spends his time pining for. He meets Olga (a fantastic Monique van de Ven) as the result of a car accident. But their tempestuous relationship is shaken by many peculiar events: a surreal wedding ceremony, unveiling a statue to the Queen and the death of Olga's father. The real problem is Olga herself, however, which leads to a shock ending many have compared to Love Story."

De tweeling
"The story of German twin sisters who are separated, with one being raised in Holland and the other in rural Germany. The sisters' lives take very different turns until they meet again 40 years after WWII."

Voor een verloren soldaat = For a Lost Soldier
"The true story of a boy's war-time sexual awakening. A young boy (Dutch ballet star Rudi van Dantzig) is passionately attracted to his handsome Canadian liberator during World War II."

"It tells a humorous and moving story of the evolving relationship between crime novelist Victor and his cello-playing son Zack. When Zack is dumped by his girlfriend and Victor is dumped by Zack's mother on the same day, the two men grieve and briefly console one another before heading off on a trip to Scotland where Victor hopes to promote his latest book and spend some bonding time with Zack."

Winter in Wartime
"After helping a wounded British paratrooper towards the end of World War II, a young teenage Dutch boy becomes involved in the Resistance and matures as he confronts the realities of war."

De zaak Alzheimer  = The Memory of a Killer
"International hit man Angelo decides to retire after he begins to suffer from Alzheimer's. He takes one last offer, but when learning one target is a teenage girl, he breaks the deal. Angelo then tries to discover who would want a young girl dead."

Zwartboek  = Black Book
"Rachel, a young Jewish girl hiding from the Nazi's during World War II in The Netherlands, sees her hiding place blown up. She escapes with her rescuer, a young sailor, but the boat sails into a trap set by the Germans. She escapes and joins the resistance, and under the false name Ellis de Vries she meets SS-hauptsturmführer Ludwig Muntze on a train smuggling weapons. She goes to his headquarters to meet him again and gain his trust, and soon they fall in love.She joins his office as a spy, but when someone within the resistance betrays her, she is now seen as an enemy betraying both sides. All that's left to do is run with the man she learned to love and find a way to prove her innocence by finding the real betrayer."