Ouwehoeren (Meet the Fokkens)
Ouwehoeren (Meet the Fokkens) (2012)

Meet Louise and Martine Fokkens: 69-year-old identical twins who have worked as prostitutes in Amsterdam's red light district for over 50 years. Louise is newly retired due to arthritis ("I couldn't get one leg over the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: April 2, 2013
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Even if this film were not cordially made, which it is, it would have a considerable jump-start.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

Year by year, they've shared every part of their lives, and now the Fokkens sashay into the future, sharing memories and viewpoints as well as their neon-bright identical outfits.

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Emily Kirkpatrick
Paste Magazine

Despite the pleasure of spending a little over an hour with these two warm, loving women, Meet the Fokkens often falters as a film.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Despite the occasional stumble, the doc never falls, thanks to the sheer strength of its subjects' undaunted and indomitable character.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The filmmakers follow the sisters around town, creating a delightful portrait of good-natured extroverts.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Amusing and even liberating to watch, but lacks sufficient insight and revelations. How often do you get to see a doc about elderly prostitutes?

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

The doc gives a rare look at the business of plying the world's oldest profession over the past 50 years in the famously tolerant city, but the directors are a bit too hands-off and the narrative wanders.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
NPR

The sisters' struggle for autonomy (they opened Amsterdam's only independent brothel until they were forced out by organized crime) reveals a touching commitment to mutual survival.

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Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International

The feminist documentary takes up the battered-wife syndrome, low pay for female workers, forced separation of mothers and children and-finally-a woman-owned business. Gloria Steinem must be happy, though the film centers on 69-year-old twin hookers.

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