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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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (11)

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

Full Review… | June 18, 2013
The New Republic
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Despite the occasional stumble, the doc never falls, thanks to the sheer strength of its subjects' undaunted and indomitable character.

Full Review… | December 13, 2012
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review… | December 12, 2012
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review… | August 9, 2012
New York Post
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The filmmakers follow the sisters around town, creating a delightful portrait of good-natured extroverts.

Full Review… | August 9, 2012
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2012
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I loved this movie and it was totally enthralling in a way that I did not expect it to be. One of the most thought-provoking documentaries that I have seen in a long time.

Becky Foster
Becky Foster

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