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.
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.
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!
"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