Ja zuster, nee zuster (Yes Nurse! No Nurse!) (2004)
Pieter Kramer's musical comedy Ja Zuster Nee Zuster (Yes Nurse! No Nurse!) is an adaptation of a popular 1960s Dutch television series. Loes Luca portrays Klivia, who runs a nursing home filled with colorful eccentrics. Complicating Klivia's life is professional thief Gerrit (Waldemar Torenstra), who is pursuing her daughter, Jet (Tjitske Reidinga). Boordevol (Paul R. Kooij) lives near the nursing home and constantly brings legal complaints against Klivia due to the noise coming from the nursing home. Yes Nurse! No Nurse! was screened in competition at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival. … More
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Critic Reviews for Ja zuster, nee zuster (Yes Nurse! No Nurse!)
A campy, brightly colored musical comedy based on a popular '60s Dutch sitcom that's unlike any other film out there.
This nonsensical Dutch movie musical rides on the dubious assumption that camp and infantilism are the same thing.
Styles range from cabaret to barbershop to toe-tapping bubblegum, and the rainy-day serenade at the start nods Cherbourgward, with a soupçon of Low Countries sass.
At once corny and precious, its humor seems too heavily ethnic to travel well.
This cranky non-Dutchman came to wish the director had cut a couple of tunes: A little of this goes a long way.
Sweet and innocent to a fault, the wild tangents the movie takes us on ultimately feel strange for the sake of being strange
Director Pieter Kramer successfully reproduces the bright colors and cheerful ambiance of musical comedies of the 1950s and '60s.
The characters are all directed to play their goofy expressions for the back row, which might have befitted the boards but is offputting in the close-ups of camera. Moreover, the story is slight.
Neither witty nor inventive enough to hold your interest for its belabored 100-minute running time.
Perhaps it's all in the translation, but Yes Nurse! No Nurse! makes only a so-so musical...[enhanced by] campy, candy-colored design...
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