Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Yes Nurse! No Nurse!
(Ja Zuster Nee Zuster)

Year: 2003
Country: NETHERLANDS
Run Time: 104 minutes

This may be the most unusual film in the festival: a musical comedy that opens with white-garbed nurses performing a Busby Berkeley homage, followed by a barrage of other cinematic recollections. There is a story between the songs, however, and it concerns Nurse Klivia (who runs a curious rest home full of eccentrics), her virginal daughter Jet and the rest home's landlord and neighbor named Boordevol, who is trying to evict them. Other people move in and out (a drama queen hairdresser, a burglarizing lesbian lusting after Jet) all with specific agendas and damning secrets. But right on schedule there's a musical moment of dancing nurses that brightens the proceedings. The sets mix realistic design with soft pastels, and the period look is spot on. (In Dutch with English subtitles)

Screenplay
Frank, Houtappels, Pieter Kramer (based on the TV-series by Annie M.G. Schmidt & Harry Bannink)

Director
Pieter Kramer

Producer
Burny Bros, Michiel de Rooij, Sabine Veenendaal

Cinematography
Piotr Kukla

Editing
Elja de Lange

Principal Cast
Loes Luca, Paul R. Kooij, Paul de Leeuw, Tjitske Reidinga, Waldemar Torenstra, Lennart Vader

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