The following films are new to see in Dutch cinemas from this week.
The little Mermaid (2023)
leader: Rob Marshall | Cast: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem | Our review
The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, a young mermaid eager to learn more about the world above the water. When she visits that world, she falls head over heels for Prince Eric and takes great risks to follow her heart.
leader: Chris McKay | Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Nicolas Cage, Awkwafina, Ben Schwartz | Our review
Renfield is forced to provide victims for his master Dracula and do whatever is asked of him, no matter how humiliating. But after centuries of servitude, Renfield wants to see what life beyond the shadow of the Dark Lord has to offer him. Actually, escaping the sick relationship with his master turns out to be quite a task.
leader: Mateo Nable | Cast: Sam Worthington, Phoebe Tonkin, Matthew Nable, Susie Porter | Our review
Special Forces soldier Ryan Logan (Sam Worthington) and his son Billy (Edward Friday Carmody) try to get their lives back on track after the fatal accident of a husband and mother. The father-son relationship is strained as Billy struggles with guilt over the loss of his mother and Ryan suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. When Billy is threatened, Ryan enters the criminal underworld through his SAS friend Johnny to save his son. He realizes that this is his last chance to return to society and prevent the last member of his family from being taken from him as well.
about my father (2023)
leader: Laura Terruso | Cast: Robert De Niro, Leslie Bibb, Kim Cattrall, Sebastián Maniscalco | Our review
When Sebastian tells his traditional Italian father, Salvo (Robert De Niro), that he is proposing to his American girlfriend, Salvo insists on staying with his parents for the weekend. The family reunion quickly turns into culture shock as father and son discover the true meaning of family.
blue jean (2022)
leader: Georgia Oakley | Cast: Rosy McEwen, Kerrie Hayes, Lucy Halliday, Lydia Page | Our review
Jean (Rosy McEwen) is a high school physical education teacher. It is 1988 and the Thatcher government passes a law that prohibits the promotion of homosexuality (Clause 28). Jean does not reveal anything about her sexuality at school. She still hasn’t gotten that far, but this new law has now also made it impossible. The arrival of a new student eventually forces Jean to make decisions…
leader: Nicolas Bedos | Cast: Pierre Niney, Isabelle Adjani, François Cluzet, Marine Vacth | eleven identified
After his career as a dancer is interrupted by a motorcycle accident, Adrien spends his time on the French Riviera, where he is supported by former movie star Martha. His life takes an unexpected turn when he meets the beautiful con artist Margot. Together they dream of a better life together, for which they devise a dark plan.
plane 75 (2022)
leader: Chie Hayakawa | Cast: Chieko Baisho, Hayato Isomura, Stefanie Arianne, Taka Takao |
Japan, near future. Due to the extreme aging of the country’s population, the government is encouraging the elderly to undergo euthanasia through the ‘Plan 75’ programme. With the plan, the government offers a comfortable last chapter of life with personal guidance towards the end point. The elderly Michi, the Plan 75 salesman Hiromu, and the caretaker Maria each deal in her own way with the choice between life and death.
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