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Ouwehoeren (Meet the Fokkens) Reviews

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Emily Kirkpatrick
Paste Magazine
August 16, 2012
Despite the pleasure of spending a little over an hour with these two warm, loving women, Meet the Fokkens often falters as a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.7/10
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
August 7, 2012
The film is about two old ladies, still cackling despite the sadness that trailed in the wake of the lives into which they were forced.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
August 10, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
August 7, 2012
If there's a tug of sadness to this (off-)colorful tale, it has less to do with sympathy for these resilient women than with how easily their compromised lives can be related to our own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 11, 2012
Amusing and even liberating to watch, but lacks sufficient insight and revelations. How often do you get to see a doc about elderly prostitutes?
Full Review | Original Score: 7.79/10
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
August 5, 2012
Few recent studies of commercialized sex have been character profiles, so Rob Schröder and Gabrielle Provaas's doc is an unusual and welcome polemic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 7, 2012
"Meet the Fokkens" holds your interest, mostly because the sisters (who turned 70 in May) are good company, no matter who they are.
| Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
July 30, 2012
To what degree the seductive senior siblings for sale are leveling with audiences is up for grabs, but certain truths vividly come into play. Namely, their refusal to act old, along with challenging the cultural norms of what it means to be beautiful.
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Ronnie Scheib
August 8, 2012
A racy, thoroughly enjoyable docu about a pair of 69-year-old identical-twin hookers in Amsterdam, Meet the Fokkens bounces along with defiant joie de vivre.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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August 8, 2012
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.
Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International
August 7, 2012
The feminist documentary takes up the battered-wife syndrome, low pay for female workers, forced separation of mothers and children and-finally-a woman-owned business. Gloria Steinem must be happy, though the film centers on 69-year-old twin hookers.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
August 8, 2012
Schröder and Provaas frame their conversation well, making good use of the color, the reflective surfaces, and the surfeit of exposed younger flesh in the District.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 9, 2012
The filmmakers follow the sisters around town, creating a delightful portrait of good-natured extroverts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 14, 2012
Despite the occasional stumble, the doc never falls, thanks to the sheer strength of its subjects' undaunted and indomitable character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 18, 2013
Even if this film were not cordially made, which it is, it would have a considerable jump-start.
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