Filmfetish Friday: The Iron Lady, Doodslag, I'm not a f**king princess

Filmfetish Friday: The Iron Lady, Doodslag, I’m not a f**king princess

Jan 13, 2012 |  by  |  Art, Event
About the author
As a freelance journalist, Anouk (26) usually writes about what other people do or like. In her precious spare time she watches arthouse films. Not a few. A lot, thanks to her trusted Cineville pass. Here she can finally share her film-fetish with the world.

To watch or not to watch? I will tour around Amsterdam’s cinemas and answer this crucial question every Friday. Without mercy, of course. Sucky movies will be slaughtered, cinematographic pearls will be appreciated as such. Or the other way around. After all, good taste is in the eye of the beholder.

The Iron Lady

Margaret Thatcher is an icon, and so is Meryl Streep. Put the two together and The Iron Lady is what you get. The film shows the most powerful woman of British politics’ whole carreer. As an old, demented woman (what she is nowadays), Thatcher has flashbacks to her life in politics. Everything is told from her perspective and I find that a bit too one-dimensional a way to tell Thatcher’s story. The audience learns nothing about the public opinion towards the controversial politician. Still, the acting is great, Streep will probably be nominated for an Oscar, and the story lines are intruiging. Especially if you’re not that familiar with modern European history, this film is a must see.

Watch this film in Cineville’s The Movies. Also in Pathe (City and Tuschinski).


Dutch director/producer Pieter Kuijpers seems to be fascinated by the moral, social issues of today’s society. In his film TBS (also with Theo Maassen) he denounces a certain aspect of the judicial system, in Doodslag he focuses on the violence against paramedics which you hear way too often about in the press. Maassen plays Max, a paramedic that is unable to do his job because of some annoying teenagers. Max is forced to use violence and that doesn’t end well. Not for Max and not for a young guy. After the incident, the film deals with a lot of social issues, the script is almost like a pedantic school teacher from high-school. You’ll get his point already, please stop explaining it. This does not mean that Doodslag is boring, though.

Watch this film in Cineville’s Het Ketelhuis. Also in Pathe (Arena and De Munt).

I’m not a f**king princess

I’m so glad my mom is just a ‘simple’ school teacher. Actress and debuting director Eva Ionesco didn’t have that much luck. Her mother was an excentric art photographer, who has been taking erotic photos of her child since she was five years old. When Eva was eleven, she was already in Playboy. Two years later, her photos filled the pages of Penthouse. The young girl is now 45 and embroiled in a law suit against her mother. To deal with her frustration in a artistic way, she made I’m not a f**king princess. According to Het Parool, the film lacks distance and involvement. To me, to story seems too interesting not to watch.

Watch this film in Cineville’s De Uitkijk.

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