I generally do not watch foreign language films, not because I hate them, but because oftentimes I am doing something while also "watching" movies. So I might be working or cleaning while a movie plays in the background. I can't exactly stop to read subtitles. haha. But Dutch movies are so rare and gay Dutch movies seem rarer. This movie was delightful. It was light and airy with just enough seriousness to give an emotional edge and make the characters more rounded. I loved listening to the characters speaking Dutch. I loved seeing Yad and the black girl at the work agency speaking Dutch because they not the typical Dutch person. It makes the culture seems have more depth and meaning to an outsider, but also speaks to the power of acculturation (vs. assimilation). The process isn't complete because I believe The Netherlands is just now really seeing an influx of non-white immigrants like Arabs. Yad's family seems to retain their Syrian identity and adds Dutch identity. But Joris' family still seems Dutch without influence from other cultures. Though there were moments that might challenge that. Towards the end, Joris' mother seems to not only accept Yad, but also accepts him as a full human being. Though the movie only deals with Islam tangentially, which was a little sad. I wanted to see some perspective on how the Dutch imagines this religion, even though Yad is seemingly Christian.
I want more like this! NOW! LOL