Best new Dutch Movies (2017) - Top Netflix & Cinema

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best Dutch movies of 2017 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Paul Verhoeven, Alex van Warmerdam & Paula van der Oest Netherlands's biggest directors?

Unfortunately, The Netherlands is no exception to when it comes to favoring popular – low quality -> high feel-good/sentimental value – films over decent cinema. When putting together my best Dutch films of the 2010's list, and later topping it up with a general top 10 of essential Dutch films released in the 10’s, I could not help but noticing how all the wrong films were receiving all of our national media’s attention. Without a certain mediagenic feature, a new film, however artistically brilliant, has no chance of getting the coverage it deserves. This mediagenic feature I’m talking about means either one of the following three things in the Netherlands: a film either (1) deals in a superficial manner with a social issue (think of the harassment of ambulance personnel in Doodslag (2012)), generating much public debate and giving talkshow hosts like Matthijs van Nieuwkerk orgasms, or (2) stars famous Dutch celebrities, like TV hosts, comedians and as of late especially singers (think of Jan Smit’s lead in role in the war drama Het Bombardement (2012)). Or (3), the film is based on popular juicy Dutch books (think of Er komt een vrouw bij de dokter (2009) or De gelukkige huisvrouw (2010)). There is nothing particularly wrong with this, if it was not so that really terrific Dutch films get initially overlooked, and consequently get less views when they play in cinema’s. This year was a particularly good year for Dutch film in theaters across the Netherlands, for all films except for Dutch art house films. Fortunately, once the actual Dutch gems get picked up abroad, our media is usually quick to join in on the celebrations. Here I have made a selection of such great Dutch films, the ones that are innovative and go beyond just giving into trends and the contemporary public’s desires – i.e. the essential modern Dutch classics you must see.

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    Verdwijnen (Thursday March 2, 2017)

    Verdwijnen film poster Director
    Boudewijn Koole
    Jakob Oftebro
    Rifka Lodeizen
    Elsie de Brauw
    Verdwijnen Trailer

    After the adaptation of classic Dutch novel 'Beyond Sleep', director Boudewijn Koole returns with yet another film set in Norway. In 'Verdwijnen' ('Disappearance'), a woman reconcile with her mother who lives in isolated cottage in Norway....Read more

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2010's best rated Dutch movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

    Wolf (Thursday September 19, 2013)

    Wolf film poster Director
    Jim Taihuttu
    Chemseddine Amar
    Mark Catuogno
    Jill Ann Christiano
    Wolf Trailer

    With great power comes greater responsibility; a very talented kick-boxer is allured into the life of crime and passion and he...Read more

    Matterhorn (Thursday February 7, 2013)

    Matterhorn film poster Director
    Diederik Ebbinge
    Ton Kas
    René van 't Hof
    Porgy Franssen
    Matterhorn Trailer

    I don’t believe I have ever seen a Dutch film that was so skilled in finding the balance between humor and drama. Matterhorn, directed by Dutch comedian Diederik Ebbinge, feels like an absurd fairtytale, but instead of taking place in a fantastical world, it takes place in a thoroughly calvinist community in the Netherlands. Ebbinge succeeds in creating characters that are downright absurd, but through a complete lack of nuance paradoxically become utterly believable. In this highly religious community we get introduced to Fred who eats exactly at 18.00, exclusively listens to Bach, and is a loyal follower of the Lord. We hardly have any time to learn who Fred is when he decides to take in a confused stranger who can barely say a word, let alone knows how to conduct himself in society. It does not take long before the neighbors and the church community feel entitled to meddle in (and judge) their living situation....Read more

    Nena (Thursday September 11, 2014)

    Nena film poster Director
    Saskia Diesing
    Abbey Hoes
    Uwe Ochsenknecht
    Gijs Blom
    Nena Trailer

    A teenage girl has a very harsh introduction to the responsibilities of adulthood as her father who is handicapped makes a suicide...Read more

    Borgman (Thursday August 29, 2013)

    Borgman film poster Director
    Alex van Warmerdam
    Jan Bijvoet
    Hadewych Minis
    Jeroen Perceval
    Borgman Trailer

    Alex van Warmerdam has managed to accomplish what no Dutch director was even close to achieving – after 38 years it is the first Dutch film to have been selected to compete at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Quite surprising, as this film was a rather daring selection by Cannes. It is an insidious but also at times hilarious film that is difficult to define. Haneke’s Funny Games (2007) springs to mind, but it more than just another home invasion thriller (of which quite a few have been released lately). Instead of forcing the family to do things against their will, Borgman violates the home with the permission of the family, making it all the more disquieting. According to some critics the film kicks off splendidly only to become down-right tedious after half an hour or so, but although I can see where they are coming from since a lot is happening very low beneath the surface, for me there was a lot to enjoy. In terms of style Warmerdam resembles the mise-en-scene of Fassbender, and in terms of narrative he appears to be a less ironic and more twisted Haneke. It will be the Dutch submission for the Oscars in 2014....Read more

    Supernova (Thursday April 17, 2014)

    Supernova film poster Director
    Tamar van den Dop
    Gaite Jansen
    Tamar van den Dop
    Bob Schwarze
    Supernova Trailer

    A young aspiring girl has a lot of aspirations and dreams that she keeps imagining while sitting idle at her home that quite...Read more

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