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Director: Rob Schroder, Gabriëlle Provaas
Twin sisters Louise and Martine Fokkens have been familiar faces in the Amsterdam red-light district for almost 50 years. Louise has quit, but Martine is still behind the window. Candid documentary about the glee, the secrets and the drawbacks of the trade.

Louise and Martine Fokkens are identical twins of 69. For nearly half a century, they worked behind the windows of the Amsterdam red-light district together. In these years, they saw ‘their’ Wallen change into a tourist attraction where big-shot criminals hold sway and the competition grows ever younger and comes from farther away. Rheumatism forced Louise to quit, but Martine is still in the business. For this candid documentary, the remarkable twins were followed for a year. The result is a glimpse of a world where love is for sale and the curtains are usually closed. What are the secrets and codes of the metier? Between the comic reliefs and anecdotes, more awkward questions urge themselves. What is it like to sell your body all your life? And what does it mean to grow older: as a hooker, but obviously also as a woman?


Sound editing
Production company
Submarine Film
TV company
Distributor NL
A-Film Distribution
Title: Ouwehoeren
Year: 2011
Duration : 1 hour, 18 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2012
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Other awards

Kristallen Film (10.000 bezoekers documentaire) (2011)

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