Worldwide Retro Overview: FLODDER – The Final Film Outpost

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Leopardo has despatched us a letter from Holland. Let’s ask Nigel Powers concerning the Dutch.

OK … Proceed … Right here’s Leopardo, and apparently he’s come to learn us from some tradition.

Rivers AKA Welfare Occasion

Hello! My identify is Leopardo and right now I want to convey somewhat tradition to you. As everyone knows, Hollywood has at all times produced, and has at all times produced generic, over-budgeted agenda-based fares aimed on the lowest widespread denominator, which is about 90% of the US inhabitants.

Have films made you uncultured pigs, or do uncultured pigs simply make shit films? There’s a solution to discover out, and as it’s for many of the world’s issues, the answer is in Europe.

Europe has tradition. Have at all times had it. It’s all over the place. You’ll know that for those who had ever set foot outdoors your personal nation. Or if you wish to see extra of our films! So right here is my answer to get some tradition in you. I need to evaluation a film from my very own neck of the wooden, Holland.

Hopefully this evaluation will get you , you’ll run to the closest thrift retailer to get a region-free DVD participant and begin importing used discs. You already know you want this.


The film I need to evaluation is bagalso referred to as The Welfare Occasion (English language publication) or A kiss-friendly household (Germany). It’s a 1986 comedy directed by Dick Maas.

The slogan on the poster reads “A Household Film” and the Dutch actually assume it’s effective for the household film night time.

I selected this film as a result of it isn’t fully unknown outdoors the Netherlands. Don’t say “Holland”, in any other case we’re right here all day. It’s competently made and it was extraordinarily profitable over right here. The story is simple, possibly even a bit by-product at occasions. For individuals who don’t prefer to learn subtitles, don’t worry, they won’t have any huge phrases in them. It’s about uncultured individuals ending up in an higher class neighborhood, in order that’s what we’re doing right here now!

This image makes them look a lot better than the precise film.
the welfare party
It’s extra like this.

The principle characters

Ma Flodder (Nelly Frijda) – matriarch. Has 5 kids, all from totally different fathers. She smokes cigars, eats pet food and distills her personal spirits.

Johnny Flodder (Huub Stapel) – eldest son and father determine for many of the relaxation. Petty legal. Womaniser. Driving round in an outdated pink convertible. He’s the primary focus of the plot.

Kees Flodder (René van ‘t Hof) – second son. Pervers. Follows Johnny round and will get in hassle when he’s alone. Have common intercourse along with her oldest sister as a result of nobody within the 80s realized that incest isn’t enjoyable.

Kees Flodder (Tatjana Simic) – eldest daughter. All kids are named after their fathers, leading to two of them being named Kees. The director / author has one thing to do with reusing character names which might be different Kees’ within the movie. She’s principally eye sweet, however has some wonderful scenes just like the well-known “However neighbor, what are you doing now?” little. It is smart once you see it.

Henkie Flodder (Horace Cohen) – third son. Probably redeemed.

Toet Flodder (Nani Lehnausen) – second daughter and youngest little one. Evil and ugly for many who deserve it, very protecting of her (presumably) grandfather.

Grandfather (Jan-Willem Hees) – outdated man in a wheelchair who could also be associated to the remainder. Ardour for trains.

Sjakie (Lou Landré) – social employee. Getting the household into the villa was his concept. He needs to do one thing about serving to this poor household, however he doesn’t understand that he’s simply introducing a gang of criminals to a rich neighborhood.

the welfare party

The plot

Have you ever seen Beverly Hillbillies? Properly, then the fundamental plot. An uncultural household, the Flodder household, has moved to an upper-class villa within the richest neighborhood of the unnamed metropolis, known as Zonnedael. It occurs as a result of the town discovered they lived on contaminated land. The movie does probably not make it clear why that is the town’s fault or accountability, or why it’s restricted to 1 plot in a densely populated metropolis heart, however that’s the way it occurs.

Hilarity happens. Correctly sufficient, the movie will get the skinny plot out of the best way as rapidly as attainable and focuses totally on the characters the remainder of the time. Most characters get some form of subplot, all of that are quick, concentrate on the comedy, and actually have a little little bit of character improvement every now and then.

Many of the jokes concentrate on how the delinquent household is behaving of their new neighborhood. They’re clearly unsuitable for the well mannered society, however so is the well mannered society. Their rich neighbors wouldn’t have needed to tolerate Flodders dwelling there if that they had been within the affairs of the city. Now that they’re there, the neighborhood will use each soiled trick within the guide to eliminate them. However Flodders have their very own methods.

Ultimately, it virtually feels just like the social employee’s experiment has truly succeeded. The household achieves a point of acceptance, and there even appears to be widespread floor between Flodders and the residents of the upper-class Zonnedael in a manner, “for those who can’t beat them, then include them.”

I virtually stated. I don’t need to smash something, however the destiny of one of many uglier characters is properly deserved, and there may be additionally some fairly efficient use of low-budget 80s particular results proven within the finale.

If you happen to lived right here, you’d be at residence now.

Manufacturing design

For such a generic movie, quite a lot of thought went into issues like scenography and props, apparently to be sure you cannot actually determine the place that is put. The vehicles would not have Dutch quantity plates, the town scenes in pre-credits and the opening textual content sequence are clearly not recorded anyplace within the Netherlands (it was Brussels), and the Zonnedael district is modeled after American suburbs.

We now have e.g. not flag mailboxes. It looks as if pointless hassle to undergo, but it surely does give the movie a considerably distinctive look. In fact, somebody has to pay for all that, so it has actually apparent product placement from the automobile producer Citroën.

And sure, they need to current the BX mannequin as a really coveted sports activities automobile. It appears effective, however my household had one, it stopped not less than twice and left us stranded by the street. So no.

The Italian launch cannot look forward to the film to start out exhibiting you the nudity. Nevertheless, it’s refreshing to see a film poster that really delivers the scene it guarantees.

Count on nudity

It feels virtually superfluous to warn you about nudity in Dutch movies, however it’s there on a number of events. Don’t complain, that was the tradition I used to be speaking about. There’s quite a lot of tradition in our movie, and a few fully frontal tradition on this one. So be warned.

After I was younger and the film was launched on VHS and DVD, it was rated as AL for accessible to all ages. It’s at present rated at 6. I don’t personal the Dutch Blu-ray as a result of the Dutch Blu-ray is simply barely greater than the DVD grasp overwhelmed on a Blu-ray disc. It’s even 25 fps. Even the trainer rejects it.

I acquired the German Blu-ray disc, which has its personal points, particularly if you wish to watch the German dub. The Dutch model is basically good. This version is rated at 16, so it exhibits you the totally different attitudes in our nations.

The sequels

In 1992, there was a really profitable successor known as Baggage in America (or Rivers take Manhattan), which was critically a lot much less properly acquired.

It’s a form of paint after numbers retreaded by the primary many locations, besides that it takes place in New York. A lot much less effort was put in and it may be seen. For instance, Johnny styled his personal hair for the blonde duckbill within the first film, within the second half it’s a wig.

The funds was larger, however it’s largely spent on a free vacation for the solid and a terrific particular impact for the finale. And on to Jon Polito, who has fairly a little bit of display time and appears to be having enjoyable regardless of the horrific portrayal of New York tradition. They not solely paid him for his identify within the credit, he’s not even on the poster, however that may be a actual principal half. The cheeky, darkish humor was swapped in with normal stupidity, and the movie suffers from it.

Then there was the spin-off TV present. It ran a couple of seasons longer than it ought to have achieved, solely three of the primary solid return, and it’s principally only a foolish sitcom primarily based on the identical premise.

This present acquired its personal spin-off movie, which canonically doesn’t match as a sequel to the primary movies, however which additionally doesn’t match into the continuity of the TV present. It’s a large number, it’s solely price it to hardcore followers and completists.

The decision

Rivers are entertaining, professionally made and never almost as dated as you’d anticipate in spite of everything this time. The comedy is cheeky, uncooked and at occasions considerably darkish and never for the fragile or hypersensitive. It could undoubtedly be an R within the US. It additionally exhibits true coronary heart and has a temper that shouldn’t be judged by what it’s with out being preachy.

The Dutch … moist.

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