Ouwehoeren (Meet the Fokkens)


Ouwehoeren (Meet the Fokkens) (2012)


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Meet Louise and Martine Fokkens: 69-year-old identical twins who have worked as prostitutes in Amsterdam's red light district for over 50 years. Louise is newly retired due to arthritis ("I couldn't get one leg over the other"), but Martine carries on, unable to support herself on a state pension. Between explicit scenes of her daily grind, she and Louise stroll the city in matching outfits, recounting hilariously ribald stories from a lifetime of sex work. (Discussing a client who was a chaplain, one recalls: "Don't you remember, we even had a little confessional!") An immensely affectionate portrait of two women who have seen and done everything (and everyone), Meet the Fokkens is a rollicking and revealing look at the world's oldest profession in the 21st century. -- (C) Kino Lorber

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Even if this film were not cordially made, which it is, it would have a considerable jump-start.

Jun 18, 2013 | Full Review…

Despite the occasional stumble, the doc never falls, thanks to the sheer strength of its subjects' undaunted and indomitable character.

Dec 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The doc gives a rare look at the business of plying the world's oldest profession over the past 50 years in the famously tolerant city, but the directors are a bit too hands-off and the narrative wanders.

Dec 13, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Year by year, they've shared every part of their lives, and now the Fokkens sashay into the future, sharing memories and viewpoints as well as their neon-bright identical outfits.

Aug 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The filmmakers follow the sisters around town, creating a delightful portrait of good-natured extroverts.

Aug 9, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The sisters' struggle for autonomy (they opened Amsterdam's only independent brothel until they were forced out by organized crime) reveals a touching commitment to mutual survival.

Aug 8, 2012 | Full Review…

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