‘Intercourse, Medicine & Bicycles’ evaluation: How is life within the Netherlands?

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Returning to the scene of his 1994 documentary, “Intercourse, Medicine & Democracy,” filmmaker Jonathan Clean goes on one other fact-finding mission to the Netherlands courtesy of “Intercourse, Medicine & Bicycles,” to find out if the Dutch actually do have it so good.

Once more taking a decidedly lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek method to his investigation, Clean’s first-person account methodically factors to the same old proof, together with common healthcare, paid holidays, hashish espresso outlets and legalized prostitution but in addition means that it isn’t all windmills and tulips.

The Netherlands status for tolerance may date again to the Golden Age of the seventeenth century, but it surely’s a interval that additionally occurs to coincide with Dutch involvement within the transatlantic slave commerce, a reminder of which is mirrored by the nation’s sizable Suriname inhabitants.

As academic and cultural sectors make an effort to raised handle that not-so-proud previous, activists have additionally been grappling with Zwarte Piet, the folkloric assistant to St. Nicholas who continues to be celebrated with annual parades of white folks in blackface.

And, whereas the movie was accomplished previous to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Dutch authorities’s ill-fated, “herd-immunity” dealing with of the pandemic wouldn’t precisely be thought of exemplary.

Nonetheless, when you think about the United Nations examine that ranks Dutch youngsters because the happiest on this planet (whereas adults rank sixth, well-ahead of 18th place U.S.), the Netherlands should be doing one thing proper, and Clean’s usually breezy movie, filled with playful Monty Pythonesque animations by Fiely Matias, successfully sums up the contented temper.

‘Intercourse, Medicine & Bicycles’

Not rated

Working Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Taking part in: Out there on LinkTV by means of March 5

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