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Meet the Fokkens

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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.


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  • Actors: Louise Fokkens, Martine Fokkens
  • Directors: Gabrielle Provaas, Rob Schroder
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Dutch
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lorber Films (Kino)
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B2TUS6E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,541 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Dion on April 18, 2013
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I loved this movie. These two ladies are so sweet and spunky. Watch it, you'll love it. Not a sob story and they are both amazing painters as well
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Meet the Fokkens is a Dutch documentary that I am glad that I have viewed. This documentary details the lives of two older prostitutes--identical twins--who have worked in Amsterdam's red-light district in the Netherlands for decades. When Meet the Fokkens was being filmed, one of the ladies--Louise Fokkens--had retired from the business two years prior, yet Martine Fokkens was still working. What also makes these ladies remarkable is that they are also interesting painters--they even hold an art exhibit near film's end. Scenes are also shown of Martine Fokkens and her various clients. I have always wondered about Amsterdam's red-light district, and Meet the Fokkens has provided me insight into this fascinating business. This documentary's subtitling is smaller than usual but not impossible to read. I recommend Meet the Fokkens.
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My Dutch friend and I loved this movie. It is a look in to the lives of two sisters who are doing it for themselves.
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A window into the lives of aging identical twin prostitutes, Louise and Martine Fokkens, and their 50-some years in Amsterdam's red light district. The women are a little kooky, but very likable, and the sex business has never been less arousing (which is a good thing here). There are some explicit scenes, but they mostly elicit giggles. The girls share stories about their private lives but nothing ever goes too deep. I don't know what I expected, but I mostly enjoyed it because there aren't many documentaries out there about this subject matter.
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