Nederlandse films / Dutch movies
Love Is All
A romantic comedy told with a set of interwoven Christmas tales about life, love, forgiveness and caring. A heroic vagrant becomes a TV sensation Santa Claws, while a prince takes a menial job at a department store to woo his sweetheart.
Swap London for Amsterdam and Christmas for December 5th (big in Holland) and you have the dutch remake of Love Actually. There are so many similarities. The regular girl with the most famous bachelor in the country, the young guy and the older woman, the woman who thinks her husband is cheating on her, and so it goes on and on. Not terrible, but also very very unoriginal.
Dir: Joram Lursen
Review by Selmer Derwort
Love Is All (‘Alles is Liefde’, dir. Joram Lürsen, 2007, Netherlands) is your typical romantic comedy. It is a fun, fairly light watch with quite a few elements worth noting.
The storyline of this film is so closely inspired by worldwide hit Love Actually that one could almost call it a Dutch remake. That means that we follow many stories at once, as the film brings them all together in a holiday spirit. The movie has similarly feel-good elements, and is funny enough to make anyone (except some heartless cynics out there) consider this two-hour film a time well spent.
However, where it gets to be more interesting is the cast and writers.…
If only one of these stories could be true...
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A netherlandish version of "Love... Actually". It is not bad per se but yiu just care so much more for the characters in the original that this movie seems flawed in comprehention. All in all it is entertaining though.
So this is basically a Dutch version of Love Actually. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it doesn't scream originality. It has the same sort of premise: the romantic lives of various interconnected people in the lead up to Christmas (or in this case Sinterklaas). It's predictable too, but that's what you have to expect going into a film like this.
I still had a good time with it. It's a very cute film, and that's cool sometimes. The cast are all good too, which helps. I especially enjoyed Carise van Houten's performance as Kiki. She was lovely.
So yeah, if you're a fan of Love Actually then you're bound to enjoy this.
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