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Gebroken spiegels (1984)

Released in Holland as Gebroken Spiegels, Broken Mirrors is set for the most part in an Amsterdam brothel. Lineke Ripman and Henriette Tol play two whores who begin to rebel against their ... See full synopsis »

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Marleen Gorris

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Marleen Gorris
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Lineke Rijxman Lineke Rijxman ... Diane
Henriëtte Tol Henriëtte Tol ... Dora
Edda Barends Edda Barends ... Bea
Coby Stunnenberg Coby Stunnenberg ... Ellen
Carla Hardy Carla Hardy ... Irma
Marijke Veugelers Marijke Veugelers ... Francine
Arline Renfurm Arline Renfurm ... Tessa
Anke van 't Hof Anke van 't Hof ... Linda
Hedda Oledzky Hedda Oledzky ... Jackie (as Hedda Tabet)
Elja Pelgrom Elja Pelgrom
Johan Leysen ... The Boss
Rolf Leenders Rolf Leenders
Eddie Brugman Eddie Brugman ... Jean / Pierre
Beppie Melissen Beppie Melissen
Wim Wama Wim Wama
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Released in Holland as Gebroken Spiegels, Broken Mirrors is set for the most part in an Amsterdam brothel. Lineke Ripman and Henriette Tol play two whores who begin to rebel against their lot in life. Their story is counterpointed by a subplot involving housewife Edda Barends, who is kidnapped by one of the brothel's customers; as Barends starves to death, her captor takes photographs of her last days on earth. Somehow her demise is meant to be as much a "liberation" as Ripman and Tol's refusal to continue plying their trade. Throughout Broken Mirrors, the male characters are depicted as murderers, both literal and spiritual.

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a different kind of thriller about serial murder
24 February 1999 | by lefty-11See all my reviews

Critics have attempted to undermine the grim intensity of this film by claiming it adopts a "separatist" position: the only sympathetic male character is an old derelict who poses no threat to the women. One could reply that it is equally plausible that the emphasis is intended as a corrective to many films which do not inquire into the gendered nature of violence. Instead, there is a tendency to focus on the "criminal genius" locked in mental combat with heroic authority figures. "Gebroken Spiegels" differs by drawing together the almost ritualised degradation experienced by the main characters who work in a brothel, and the repetitive atrocities of a serial killer. Irrespective of differences in individual circumstance, victims are shown to have been selected for a shared defining feature. The stark realism of the film has an almost documentary feel to it, and should stimulate debate on (feminist) resources of hope in diminished circumstances: one recalls how, in "A Hand Maid's Tale", (female) sociologists and other thinkers preferred to work as exotic entertainers for an elite who liked savouring the decadent pleasures forbidden to the "masses". Critical thought would be more tolerated in these circumstances than outside, if only as a kind of forbidden "exotic fruit". "GS" offers a different, although related context, which could also be usefully compared to "Female Perversions" and Lizzie Borden's revolutionary "Born in Flames."


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Netherlands

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Dutch

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27 September 1984 (Netherlands) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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