d. Rob Schroder & Gabrielle Provaas, Netherlands, 2011, 75 mins.
Txtwrks Key Word: Meet1, Mee2, Meet3, Meet4, Meet5
Playing with: Cataplexy, d. John Salcido, USA and Score, d. Lawrence Côté-Collins, Canada
Notes: Aspen Boutique Spotlight on Women Filmmakers, Dutch with English Subtitles
Louise and Martine Fokkens are 69-year-old identical twins, working residents of Amsterdam’s notorious red light district for the past 50 years. Today Louise is retired (citing arthritis: “I couldn’t get one leg over the other”), but Martine still works in the window. Dressed in the world’s most endearing dominatrix outfit, she solicits men, young and old, and seems to have no dearth of customers. Brash, funny, racy stories punctuate their conversations: one laughs at the naivety of young prostitutes who are ignorant of the secrets of the trade; the other recalls a client who was a chaplain: “Don’t you remember, we even had a little confessional!” The sisters also have scary stories to tell, but in the main they recall their clients with compassion and affection. The Fokkens are a wonderfully amusing cultural mix: one part beloved grandma, one part Xaviera Hollander, times two. - Film Forum