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NL 2002 (110′) – Dir.: Pieter Kramer. With Loes Luca, Tjitske Reidinga, Paul de Leeuw. | My rating: 4 stars | Official site

Ja Zuster, Nee Zuster (‘Yes Nurse, No Nurse’) is based on what probably is Holland’s most famous tv-series with the same title (1966-1968), written by Holland’s most loved author Annie M.G. Schmidt. When the series aired the streets were empty. More than thirty years later the concept of a nurse and the people in her rest home is far from outdated. The film is set in a fantasy street in a period when the streets in The Netherlands were still clean and tidy, and where people greeted each other while lifting their hats. It’s a very funny and happy film, with good acting. The film was made on a very modest budget of 3,9 million euros, but the production design and choreography can compete with any big production. I wonder if the film would work well in other countries, since the setting is so typically Dutch. But maybe that’s an advantage as well. Ja Zuster, Nee Zuster definitely deserves a foreign release. Which distributor dares?

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