February is often said to be the coldest month of the year. Although most cultural activities allow you to spend time indoors, there are days that you might not even want to leave your house at all. For those days there is Netflix. Right now, Netflix offers 13 Dutch films in different genres which we will list here below:
Bon Bini Holland
This Comedy by Jelle de Jonge tells the story of a con artist who is on the run from gangsters, while he is facing an internal crisis over his latest intended target. Robertico Florentina, portrayed by Jandino Asporaat, is a charming crook who runs a small scam on the tropical island of Curaçao. He earns his money with Bon Bini Bungalows, a real estate agency that lures tourists to rent houses without the owner’s consent. When Robertico by mistake rents out the lush beach property of a dangerous criminal to a young crowd, he is confronted with the local mob and receives a death- wish and is forced to escape from the Island. His mother sends him to Holland to stay with his “unconventional” aunty Judeska,(Jandino Asporaat) who becomes his biggest challenge.
A Noble Intention
This drama by Joram Lürsen takes us back to 1888, when the magnificent Central Station in Amsterdam is being built, and in an effort to gentrify the area, all houses must yield for the planned luxury Victoria Hotel. A luthier, Vedder, refuses to give his house up, and together with his cousin Anijs, a pharmacist facing legal problems for illegal medical practices, he plans a scheme from which they will all benefit, including a colony of poor peat cutters who are promised a better future in the US. Passion, pride and stubbornness bring tragic consequences to the plan.
A Family Affair
On his 30th birthday, filmmaker Tom Fassaert receives a mysterious invitation from his 95-year-old grandmother Marianne to come visit her in South Africa. Tom’s knowledge of Marianne is slight, limited to the predominantly negative stories told by his father, Rob, who describes her as a cold, distant mother who inexplicably abandons her two sons in a children’s home before just as mysteriously reclaiming them a few years later. Eventually, the self-absorbed Marianne, a famous model and femme fatale, leaves her sons behind for good by moving to South Africa. Despite this shabby treatment, the adult Rob continues to try and reconnect with his mother. His efforts seem rewarded when she unexpectedly asks him to run a part of her thriving fashion business. Rob dutifully uproots his family and moves to South Africa, but Marianne then delivers yet another blow, abruptly withdrawing the offer without explanation. Determined to fill in the gaps in his family’s troubled history, which he knows only from his father’s understandably aggrieved point of view, Tom accepts Marianne’s summons. Although he makes persistent attempts to tease out information from his grandmother, she cannily evades his questioning, remaining stubbornly unknowable. Marianne does, however, make a far more shocking confession; one that disturbs Tom and viewers in equal measure.
Winter in Wartime
This award-winning drama film by Martin Koolhoven tells the story of Nazi–occupied Holland, 1945. In a snow–covered village, thirteen–year–old Michiel (Martijn Lakemeier) is drawn into the Resistance when he aids a wounded British paratrooper. Michiel’s boyish sense of defiance and adventure soon turns to danger and desperation, as Michiel is forced to act without knowing whom to trust among the adults and townspeople around him. Wartime’s harsh reality encroaches on childhood innocence as Michiel confronts good and evil, courage and duplicity, and his own burden of responsibility.
This film by Dave Schram tells a heartbreaking story set at a Dutch high school. David’s classmate Jochem is bullied because he is overweight. Although David increasingly stands up to the bullying, it turns out to be too late.
The Zigzag Kid
Vincent Bal‘s adventure drama shows Nono, a Dutch kid lacking two days being thirteen. He runs away from problems at home and, disguised as a girl, takes up with the world’s cleverest thief, who unbeknownst to Nono, may hold the bizarre key to his true identity.
Jandino: Whatever It Takes
Stand up comedian Jandino Asporaat riffs on the challenges of raising kids and serenades the audience with a rousing rendition of “Sex on Fire” in his comedy show.
Secrets of War
This World War II drama film by Dennis Bots follows Tuur and Lambert. They are best friends in a Nazi-occupied Dutch village who pass their days playing soldiers and exploring local caves, mimicking a war that seems far removed from their everyday life. When Maartje joins their class, the young girl immediately stands out as different from her classmates. Yet the boys embrace their new friend, forming a unique bond based on shared adventures, secrets and mischief. Ultimately, the realities of war find even them – Lambert’s father, a Nazi sympathizer, is named mayor of their town and Tuur discovers his own father and brother have joined the resistance, instantly putting the two boys at odds. Meanwhile, Maartje is hiding a secret of her own, one that not only threatens to tear the new friends apart, but could lead to devastating consequences for anyone involved in keeping it. Secrets Of War puts both the danger and the humanity of wartime friendships squarely on the shoulders of three children who must face extraordinary circumstances with a maturity far beyond their years.
The action/adventure biopic on Michiel de Ruyter by Roel Reine is one of the most expensive films ever made in the Netherlands. When the young republic of The Netherlands is attacked by England, France and Germany and the country itself is on the brink of civil war, only one man can lead the country’s strongest weapon, the Dutch fleet: Michiel de Ruyter.
This film by Martijn Smits and Erwin van den Eshof tells the bizarre story set in Amsterdam-West, where a virus turns people into bloodthirsty zombies. Although much blood is flowing and many limbs will be chopped off, there is a lot to laugh at in this bizarre horror comedy.
Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil
This documentary by Pieter van Huystee follows the story of the Noordbrabants Museum in the Dutch city of Den Bosch in 2016. They held a special exhibition devoted to the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who died 500 years ago. This late-medieval artist lived his entire life in the city, and caused an uproar with his fantastical, violent, and utterly unique paintings detailing the pleasures and pains of heaven and hell. In preparation for the exhibition, a team of Dutch art historians crisscrossed the globe to unravel the secrets of his art. They used special infrared cameras to examine the sketches beneath the paint, in the hope of discovering more about the artist’s intentions. They also sought to establish which of the paintings could be attributed to Bosch himself, and which to his pupils or followers. The experts shuttled between Den Bosch, Madrid and Venice, cutting their way through the art world’s tangle of red tape, resulting in the controversial and extraordinary discovery of a lost Bosch painting.
Paul Verhoeven‘s most recent Dutch film follows main character Remco. During his 50th birthday party thrown by his wife, his life takes a turn for the worse. His business partners are scheming behind his back to sell him out and his former mistress shows up pregnant.