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14 days to watch
3.7
68 Ratings

Meet the Fokkens

Ouwehoeren

Netherlands, 2011
Documentary
  • Dutch
  • English

Synopsis

A documentary on Louise and Martine Fokkens, 69-year-old twin sisters who have worked as prostitutes in the red-light district in Amsterdam for over 40 years.

Our take

Okay, the title is a cheap attention-getter, but the subjects of this doc are certainly deserved of attention, a wouldn’t-believe-it-unless-you-see-it pair of Dutch sisters of the night. By turns raucous, tragic, charming and introspective, the film pays homage to a unique history of sex work.

Meet the Fokkens Directed by Gabrielle Provaas, Rob Schröder Watch now
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Awards & Festivals

IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival

2012 | 2 wins including: Amnesty International Award

What are people saying?

  • Timbo of Boston's rating of the film Meet the Fokkens

    This sad and hilarious portrait captures the love and acceptance these quirky (to put it mildly) sisters have for one other and for the world as life-affirming. Around them is circled a world of oddballs who they take in mind-blowing stride. It's a freakin' circus out there and, I guess, all you need is love. This is a documentary that needed to be made. I hope the Fokkens are still happy!

  • mpho3's rating of the film Meet the Fokkens

    "Unsure of whether it wants to focus on the personal or the political, MTF often falls into a narrative void, failing to combine both of these dimensions into a cohesive narrative and a solid argument. That is not to say it is a failure... The directors must be praised for capturing the subtleties in the intimate and loving relationship between the twins."- Paulo Scarpa, TinyMixTapes. Lovely yet depressing. 3.5 stars