I went to this movie not expecting too much and having read a reviewthat only gave it two of five stars. Thus I was pleasantly surprised tosee what a good movie Steven de Jong made of the events took place onthis day in 1963 when 10.000 people started an ice-skating tour thatonly 69 of the tourskaters would bring to an end. The story brings fourpeople together that have different reasons for taking part in thetour. The stories are nicely brought together. We also get a good feelof how harsh this tour was. The cinematography is on a high level andthe music is great. Also good to see that a main part is spoken inFrisian as this event takes place in Friesland. I would recommend thisto anyone who like to see a realistic fight for survival on the icethat brings people together in such a way that only the 11-cities tourcan.User: Marijn de Groot (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Even though I am Dutch, I am not a fan of Dutch Cinema. Therefore thismovie surprised me even more than I had hoped for. I enjoyed everyminute of this icy ride about the worlds longest ice-skating tour.Director Steven de Jong has provided new hope for Dutch cinema by doingan excellent job. The 'elfstedentocht'(tour of eleven cities) van '63was a unique and timeless event that deserved a great film like thisand I am happy to have experienced this.
This whole movie is just excellent and two points deserve specialattention regarding the history of Dutch Movies. One thing that hasoften irritated me in these movies is the unnatural acting. Actors areoften acting too much instead of just being relaxed and natural intheir role. The actors in this movie are not superior, but they arevery natural. And that just makes them and the movie as a whole muchmore convincing. The second great thing is the camera-work. To givesome grandeur to this movie the camera often swings into great heights,crawls under the ice and/or fades from a film-image to a map andvice-versa. The accompanying music creates effects not seen before inDutch cinema. It really lifts this movie to another level and createsrefreshing perspectives. Steven de Jong even portrayed the harshelement of wind in the form of luring icy animals. Something completelyunexpected and until now unseen in Dutch movies.
Altogether this is a great and unexpected arrival that gets a rating ofnine. And I am looking forward to new releases that can match this one.