Friday, February 3, 2012

On the topic of movie remakes – “Love, actually” vs. “Alles is liefde”

Normally I am not a big fan of remakes – unless they add something to the picture. One of the big exceptions, in my view is the Dutch remake of “Love, actually” under the (literally) lovely titel “Alles is liefde”. They took the concept of “Love, actually”, but gave it a very Dutch touch by setting it in Amsterdam, replacing Christmas with the 5th of December (big day of celebrations and presents for children in the Netherlands), and adding some storylines that might be considered typical for the Low Countries. There is a gay wedding, a (fictitious) member of the Royal family is one of the protagonists and Sinterklaas (the saint whose birthday is celebrated vicariously on December 5th) is playing a central role. Add to this a wonderful script with hilariously funny scenes and a set of fabulous actors (including the delightful Carice van Houten) and this is the ultimate feel-good-movie.

For me, this is one of my all-time favorites, and I watch it about once a year. There are very few movies that get better when watched repeatedly – but this is one of the very few that fall into this category for me (the other one being “The Big Lebowski”).

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