Buddy

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A reunion with an ex-lover is never the easiest of situations but when it takes place in an STD Clinic it is even more fraught than usual. Asking someone to hold your hand whilst you take an HIV test after having unprotected sex with someone else infers a level of intimacy that is open to … Continue reading



It’s All So Quiet

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  From the 2013 Berlin Film Festival comes this overwhelmingly sad tale of a closeted gay Dutch farmer whose intensely private and repressed life seems to be heading towards either the point of no-return or a major turning point.  Helmer is 55 years old and when he is not attending to the few cattle and sheep … Continue reading



Matterhorn

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One of the many wee joys of this gentle absurdist Dutch comedy is that newbie director/writer Dierderik Ebbinge wastes no time in bothering with explaining the protagonist’s history but plunges you straight into the delightful and extremely odd story expecting you to fill in the blanks as the plot unfolds. By the time it literally … Continue reading



Queen of Amsterdam aka Chez Nous

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This delightful feel-good Dutch gay movie has blended elements of  ‘Mission Impossible’ with those of ‘La Cage Aux Follies’ that results in a very camp and decidedly old-fashioned jewel-heist comic caper. It all starts at the Chez Nous Bar in Voetboogstraat Alley in the center of Amsterdam where Bertie is the reigning Drag Queen on the … Continue reading



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