Hemel (2012)

Director: Sacha Polak
Writer: Helena van der Meulen
Cast: Hannah Hoekstra, Hans Dagelet, Rifka Lodeizen, Mark Rietman, Eva Duijvestein, Barbara Sarafian
Seen on: 29.8.2021

Content Note: rape

Hemel (Hannha Hoekstra) is young and beautiful and drifts from man to man, hook-up to hook-up. Never anything serious. The only man she has emotional space for in her life is her father Gijs (Hans Dagelet) who has never settled down himself – until now. Gijs seems to have finally found a partner in Sophie (Rifka Lodeizen) with whom he is willing to get serious – and that completely throws Hemel.

Hemel is yet another film about a beautiful, young and fucked up woman who struggles with relationships with men in her life. I have to admit that I expected a little more from it – a little more insight, a little more feminism – but it couldn’t deliver.

The film poster showing Hemel (Hannah Hoekstra) making out with a guy while wrapped in a string of lights.
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The Canal (2014)

The Canal
Director: Ivan Kavanagh
Writer: Ivan Kavanagh
Cast: Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Steve Oram, Hannah Hoekstra, Kelly Byrne, Calum Heath, Carl Shaaban
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]

A few years ago David (Rupert Evans) moved to a new house with his wife Alice (Hannah Hoekstra) and his son Billy (Calum Heath). Back then they were happy but nowadays, David doesn’t trust Alice anymore. He believes that she has an affair. Things start to escalate when David stumbles on old film material of his house, showing a police investigation after a gruesome murder at his place. Afterwards David follows Alice to catch her in the act of infidelity – which he achieves. She disappears then, while David passes out in a public toilet, making him the prime suspect. But he starts to believe that there really is some evil at his house that is responsible.

The Canal was all over the place, trying too many things at once that just won’t come together in anything coherent. Which makes it pretty frustrating.



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