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The filmmaker filmed at various meetings all over the country speeches by experienced and less experienced speakers. The portrait makes you laugh heartily and sometimes reduces you to concerned silence, while presenting a view of the Netherlands.
During a cold winter month, John Appel went to various meetings all over the country and filmed speeches by experienced and less experienced speakers. For example, he found a general addressing his troops before going on a mission to Afghanistan, a civil servant of the registry office who is barely able to suppress her tears, a Trades Union Congress leader with a whistle at a meeting of infuriated members, a sloshed rugby player, a naturalised Uruguayan among the new communists of the NCPN, a grieving daughter at her mother's funeral and a nervous son holding up a mirror to his parents who are celebrating a jubilee. Thanks to Appel's partiality for genuine people and telling moments, Sprekend Nederland has become a wintry portrait in fourteen speeches that makes you laugh heartily and sometimes reduces you to concerned silence, while presenting a view of the Netherlands.