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Trailer, Poster, Pics For Film Adaptation Of Controversial Dutch Novel About Interracial Relationships

by Courtney
September 3, 2012 12:37 PM
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Imanuelle Grives and Geza Weisz In "Only Decent People"
Imanuelle Grives and Geza Weisz In "Only Decent People"

Here's your first look at the film adaptation of the controversial bestseller by Dutch writer Robert Vuijsje, titled Alleen Maar Nette Mensen (or Only Decent People).

Recall when we first alerted you to the project last fall, and all the strong reactions that followed - not just here on S&A, but in The Netherlands as well, since the book's release; it sounds like one of those things you need to see to actually believe... and even then may still not believe it.

Here's the official synopsis for the film adaptation: 

ONLY DECENT PEOPLE is a Dutch comedy based on the controversial bestseller by Robert Vuijsje. Starring Geza Weisz, Imanuelle Grives, Annet Malherbe & Jeroen Krabbe. David Samuels is from an intellectual Jewish family from the posh Amsterdam Old South, where he is often mistaken as Moroccan because of his dark hair. David is a remarkable man on a mission: to find a ghetto fabulous queen with great tits and thick buttocks. His parents and friends declare him mad, but David continues unabated. His search leads him to the Bijlmer, where, after some wild adventures he is left disappointed. Will David ever find his ideal woman - a large, dark sex goddess with booty and brains?

The book is said to have been heavily criticized and debated within the Black community in The Netherlands, which maybe shouldn't be a surprise, given the above synopsis. And I don't think the trailer below does much to change perceptions.

As the Afro-Europe blog noted last year, when we profiled the film:

Some people felt that the book cheapened black women and interracial relationships, but others felt that a lot of black women fit the profile and should therefore not complain about the stereotypes in the book.

As we reported in our last post on it, the film adaptation will be released in The Netherlands on October 11, 2012, with actress Imanuelle Grives (Dutch, of Surinamese descent) playing the lead black woman character, and Geza Weisz playing the Jewish man.

No word on whether it'll travel; although we may not want it to.

The film's first trailer has surfaced (and a bunch of still photos, as well as the film's poster) which you can watch and see below (NOTE: the trailer is NSFW, and it's not subtitled either):

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  • Anthony E. | September 7, 2012 3:16 AMReply

    It looks great and can't wait to see it. I hope they release in the states or at least have a subtitled in English version.

  • CreoleYaya | September 6, 2012 7:59 PMReply

    @Mandla, "Oh, my aching head" is right. It's just so scary. Why ask why? We know know this film exists.

  • CreoleYaya | September 6, 2012 8:00 PM

    Oops, we know WHY this film exists!

  • Mandla | September 5, 2012 5:10 PMReply

    Oh, my aching head.

  • Afro-Europe | September 5, 2012 10:31 AMReply

    Thank you for posting this. I translated the film on Afro-Europe.
    But here's is the translation

    English translation
    In the shop: David: No you don't have a big butt in those shoes
    Text: David Samuels is nice Jewish guy
    At the table with his parents: Parents: How long are you together? Girlfriend: Seven years and 3 months.
    Text: With a kind mother
    In the room with the dishes: Mother: We begin with the Gefilte fiish [Jewish] and the herring bon bon. Everyone may just take one of each.
    Text: And nice girlfriend. But he really wants something else ...
    David on the street: David: The latetly I look at a totally different kind of women. "Hello beautiful ".
    Old man at table says: "African Ladies, is that your field of interest.
    At the table with two black men: David: The more darker she is, the closest she is to nature.
    At the table with his parents: David: I am in love. Mother: with whom if I may ask? David: with Rowanda Father: Is that a Dutch name?
    Changing scene Rowanda and parents: David: she 23 and has two kids.
    At Rowanda's home: David: We eat on the couch. Mother: on the couch?
    Group black guys: Black man: Now you are going to tell me that Rowando is your only chick.
    David: Rowanda is my only chick.
    Rowanda hits him: Rowanda: You know what you are, a gingerbread. A white man who hangs around to much with black people. You take over all the bad habits
    Angry father: If your are going to ruin your life I will stop giving you money. You won't get anything from me.
    Angry Rowanda screaming for balcony: Fuck you with your Oud Zuid [posh neighboorhood] Alleen maar nette mensen.

  • Humming Loon | September 4, 2012 4:41 PMReply

    Reader here from Holland; Canadian. Unfortunately I understand every single word in that trailer. In the clip the kerrel says to two black men, "Hoe donker dit is, hoe dichter ze bij de natuur staan", basically implying that women with darker skin are more animalistic. So there you have the film summed up: It's a sex thing. And notice how the two black fellas laugh it off. Can't be racist if they're laughing, right? :P

    Despite the number of black people from Surinam (former colony), the Netherlands Antilles, and Africa, black people are still a minority in Holland, by far. There are lots of myths and misconceptions, and the inevitable racism. This ghetto queen that's depicted in the trailer... It's like a Dutch man's cartoon fetish brought to life. I've lived all over the Netherlands and have never encountered this Ghetto Bunny, thank god.

    Regarding the book on which the film is based, the author was on Dutch tv about 2 years ago, actually defending this bullcrap, with a respectable black woman sitting beside him on the panel. But that's the Dutchies for you, wrong or right, they are straight up, no PC bullshit, unabashedly superior. Also, as you will recall from the Rhianna "nigga bitch" fiasco, Dutch media is really focused on shock value, just like America. Just like America, without a filter.

    As for the nudity, some Dutch people say that it isn't a "real" Dutch film unless big tits, nudity and some gratuitous sex are thrown in as filler. This is normal here.

    Truth be told, I was at the cinema two weeks ago and didn't see the trailer for this film. Like most Dutch films, I hope that it'll be universally ignored and die a quick, ruthless death. ;) I would really love if nothing further is posted about this movie. The very fact that it exists is enough punishment for us living here in the Netherlands, lol.

  • D | September 4, 2012 6:17 PM

    please if you can boycott this cr*p as I said before this image is not one i recognise for any black europeean this is clearly an african american stereotype. Clearly the author saw too may hip hop videos and thought it would be funny t make a film abou it. This is trash pure and simple and frankly embarressing for the dutch. All black dutch should boycott it so they dont think they can get away with making films like this again otherwise they'll be a sequel and stuff like this needs to be nipped in the bud if this came out in the uk it wouldnt even get to the cinemas bcause it would be banned pulled and binned. Plus. i dont undertand why thery are even making an interracial film when most people of colour in netherlands are mixed race so this is NORMAL thing not a "fetish" in europe.

  • Nadine | September 4, 2012 4:47 PM

    Great insight @HummingLoon... Very much appreciated!

  • Arne | September 4, 2012 2:32 PMReply

    Tyler Perry has already done a lot of the same damage. Aside from the overt sexuality (which I know pushes Americans' buttons) this film isn't more woman hating or black hating than the stuff Tyler Perry squeezed from his hole for a decade.

  • Moionfire | September 7, 2012 9:09 PM

    Stop it. Tyler Perry is problematic, but he has NEVER did a movie that was demeaning like this.

  • CreoleYaya | September 6, 2012 8:03 PM

    I have to disagree with you about Tyler Perry!! His films feature an array of black people - not just one view. He features us from ALL walks of life. While I may not agree with his Madea character, I think Tyler gets a bad rap.

  • Miles Ellison | September 4, 2012 8:42 PM

    Exactly. The difference is that people don't look at it that way because Perry has his own studio, is a Christian, and employs black actors, so that makes what he does okay.

  • d | September 4, 2012 2:19 PMReply this is what the AA image has done to black women overseas just like hip hop and rap has NEGATIVELY affected black men GLOBALLY the ghetto fabulous bw caricture has travelled all over the WORLD! this is not culturally relevent to european blacks or africans this is an AMERICAN black woman image why the hell is it in a dutch film?

  • Brianne | October 3, 2012 1:00 PM

    But why do you this think movie is culturally relevent to African American women. It isnt and frankly you saying it is offensive... Your stero typing us, just like others do... You feel eropean black women are getting a bad rap, ALL Black/Brown women are getting a bad. This isnt a seprate issue that how they see ALL of as... We all should be a offend because not all Black/ brown women act this way, may it be your from europe or the US. Most US black women are well manner and educated despite what you may see on televison. You should use you words wisely and think about what you saying D from that dutch.

  • Moionfire | September 7, 2012 9:11 PM

    You are silly and being dishonest by blaming this on black Americans. Further more saying this is an "American black women image" is offensive. It is a false and racist image of black American women.

  • CreoleYaya | September 6, 2012 8:05 PM

    Unfortunately, this image is pervasive globally. I live in the Los Angeles area and am in contact with many white Europeans and do you know how many times I've heard the phrase, "You're not a regular black." As if this is supposed to be a compliment, which is it is not.

  • CeCe | September 4, 2012 12:49 PMReply

    This is some serious foolishness. And while I think we need to press Hollywood for films with a broader range of characterizations, ultimately we need to pool our resources and CREATE and SUPPORT films with a broader range and more varied stories. We have to get out of the "if we don't see this awful film there will be no more black films" and nurture and develop writers, directors and producers of the types of films we WANT to see. Financially support scholarships so people can go to school for filmmaking. Make the extra effort to see independent films and go to African/African American film festivals. The foolishness will be there. But WE don't have to support it. And trust me, I have enjoyed my fair share of silly comedies with both Black and White casts, but there is certainly plenty of room for more, and varied stories with complex characterizations. You know, the way people really are. And real people are often quite funny.

  • Starry118 | September 4, 2012 7:33 PM

    I agree...and I will do.

  • Mychal | September 4, 2012 12:04 PMReply

    The best new movie dealing with interracial relationships is Princess of Laos. Why, because the interracial aspect is just one of the underlining stories. Its the story of a lost love one. About a girl who was born in Laos to an African American father who she never knew. The lead actress is a 13 year old half Laotian and half African American whose real life great grandmother was married to the King of Laos. A must see family film. It will be released to dvd Sept 14th. View the trailer here at Shadow and Act. Search Princess of Laos

  • Ava | September 4, 2012 11:16 AMReply

    Just. Sigh.

  • Nadell | September 3, 2012 11:29 PMReply

    What baffles me is that when a white female and black male are depicted in a movie, the white girl who is enriching herself in his black culture is always portrayed in such a decent way. "Save The Last Dance", "Honey"..can't think of any others.
    It is media's mission to be one-dimensional and to perpetuate the negative.

  • Moionfire | September 7, 2012 9:13 PM

    good point @ filmbuff....

  • Nadine | September 4, 2012 12:21 PM

    ... bizarro world?

  • FilmBuff | September 4, 2012 11:08 AM

    You 'can't think of any others' because popular bm/ww films like 'Save the Last Dance' are rare compared to their bw/wm counterparts which hardly ever even delve into 'black culture depictions' good or bad. The latter focus more on the black female character living in a dominant white male culture. Unless the film is Bulworth, My Last Day Without You or Liberty Heights, where the white male learns how to dance or something, or reains his soul, in the black ghetto, via his black female sweetheart.

  • ALM | September 3, 2012 10:35 PMReply

    "David is a remarkable man on a mission: to find a ghetto fabulous queen with great tits and thick buttocks." Wow. Just wow, and not in a good way. First of all, I keep thinking that is a man in drag standing next to him. The gold teeth, screaming....... What is the purpose of seeking out a woman based on t & a? He's seeking her out to what, perform some type of social/sexual experiment? Someone below approved of the movie. The issue with this movie is the same issue with most of the current media depicting Africans, African Americans, etc.....even though this movie is in the Netherlands, it suffers from the same lack of balance issue as other representations of people of color in the media. If this was a romantic comedy about plus sized or thick women that treated them like normal women with normal emotions (and not lonely and desperate) and didn't reduce them to breasts and buttocks, this wouldn't be an issue. This movie is very disturbing.

  • artbizzy | September 3, 2012 9:52 PMReply

    I think that we as Black Americans take too much of the blame for stereotypical shows like this. Do we think that the rest of the world is full of a bunch of creatively deprived idiots waiting to see what we'll do? It's just lazy film-making and imitation and just like everybody else they are trying to capitalize off of these stereotypes, instead of being original or at least humorously critiquing the stereotypes. The USA has a particular history of minstrelsy that apparently has influenced the world to continue to see us as less than human without trying to understand what is/was back of all that minstrelsy beyond the entertainment aspect. We are rightfully sensitive about our images and how we are represented.

  • Alex | September 6, 2012 6:03 PM

    I kind of understand what your saying, and to be honest in this day and age people shouldn't be as ignorant as to assume all of us are the same because of MTV VIDEOS and the like it's not hard to get educated if you really want to these days. Get a clue world. However it is the power of images and years of what has been fed on tv and in magazines and music. Music is big in Europe, music videos is big and what passes for Hip Hop is huge all over the world. That imagery of booty, big lips and breasts and long weave predominantly came from US tv and the like. Its how the majority the 'one Black woman' in most films and tv shows that were exported to the rest of the world were portrayed and perceived. Sexy, sassy, voluptuous, loud, funny. Not all of the world portrays us this way - USA probably does it the worst to be honest; but for a film like this to have come out now? I don't know if the underlying theme is more profound than what is in that trailer, nor have I read the book to find out. I just know that the woman in the film clearly thought it was okay...and I want to know why.

  • Orville | September 3, 2012 9:28 PMReply

    This movie is so offensive, and the image that the Netherlands is a progressive society is really a joke. Anyone that is Muslim or African living in the Netherlands can tell you it is a very xenophobic and racist country. I feel sorry for the actress that agreed to be in this film this is abhorrent.

  • LeonRaymond | September 3, 2012 7:38 PMReply

    This is a case of The Chickens Coming Home to Roost, we created the culture Bomb and all it's ugliness and coonery, now it's served right back at us in full blown stereo, all those shows and films unearthed by BET and others have show us the end result. Be careful when you build a Frankenstein, it will always return back to the sender and creator!!!

  • King Piye | September 5, 2012 3:31 AM

    Negative stereotypes about blacks weren't created by black people. Those attitudes existed the minute blacks stepped off the ships. I remember hearing commentary four years ago about how a loving, educated, young and attractive black family living in the white house would change people's perceptions of black people or at least give a more well rounded portrait. I guess old habits die hard especially when those habits are very lucrative.

  • Kevin | September 3, 2012 7:05 PMReply

    This movie is offensive on multiple levels. As an American who is black, I would be offended if my son or daughter brought an outrageous character like that into our house.

  • Stephanie | September 3, 2012 4:01 PMReply

    I wish this movie had subtitles, it looks very entertaining. Dang those black girls are beautiful in all their big fab. Why do we have to take everything and make it so personal, so political. This is just a point of view. I am happy to see B&B sistas get their moment in the sun. They deserve this adoration. Men have been trying to ride our big asses since the drums starting beating in Africa. Now America is trying to make us feel bad about our big beautiful black selves. Maybe if more movies put BBW in the lead rom com roles, we would not be so sensitive about this dutch interpretation. Meanwhile I am going to be happy to see us get a little attention. Besides this is no worse than what the Rappers and American reality TV have done and said. Black people need to really grow up and take responsibility for themselves. Just because someone presents an artistic view of who they think I am, doesn't mean I have to take it personally. A Spanish magazine depicted the first lady as a slave, I would like to think she took it in stride.

  • BluTopaz | September 3, 2012 11:15 PM

    "Meanwhile I am going to be happy to see us get a little attention." Nothing is more hostile than a female who thinks everyone should be as thirsty and desperate as you are. There are fetish sites that cater to the type of intellectual conversation you are seeking. Now stfu AGAIN.

  • Stephanie | September 3, 2012 9:05 PM

    Blutopaz - I know I should not respond to such hostility, however, I could not resist pointing out how your attitude is more damaging than this movie. The movie is silly and should not be taken seriously, like most commercial entertainment. I provided my opinion on it and you, you insulted me and are trying to keep me from expressing my opinion. Wow. This makes me so sad that someone can be so cruel towards a lighthearted opinion. I thought this board was a place where intellectual minds could exchanged opinions - be they agreeable or disagreeable. Name calling is so unnecesary.

  • BluTopaz | September 3, 2012 5:13 PM

    You are a moron, stfu

  • K | September 3, 2012 3:50 PMReply

    I feel bad for the actress. If you take a look at her other roles they are no better. Poor girl. As much as we complain here in America whatever stereotype there is about us is not just portrayed by white people, but black people as well. And we can easily make films where we aren't stereotypes. They may not succeed or bank but we have that freedom so that as a black actor you wouldn't necessarily have to do a whole filmography with these kind of characters.

  • D.A. | September 3, 2012 1:59 PMReply

    Anyone who watches this and takes it seriously is a fool themselves. Films like these have been around for centuries, we should not be surprised by them (we can be apalled by it, but not surprised) because they are created for SHOCK VALUE only. Controversy sells and controversy will continue to sell. I know who I am, I know where I'm from and I know what I am capable of, I REFUSE to believe one movie can destroy a whole race of people. Let the ignorant be ignorant.

  • Miles Ellison | September 3, 2012 5:07 PM

    The problem is that it's not just one movie. It's not just one isolated example of using shock value to generate box office. This kind of film represents an entrenched racist mindset that runs through all entertainment mediums.

  • Darkan | September 3, 2012 2:55 PM

    @ D.A. So black people are fools for wanted to be represented in a positive light? No one is saying that one film can destroy a whole race but a point of view almost did. Look at Hitler with the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide. It always starts out as jabs, jokes and point of views. Just because it's been around for centuries doesn't mean we have to accept it. SMDH. You're right. Quoted from yourself, "Let the ignorant be ignorant." No worries. Go right ahead and continue to be that.

  • Darkan | September 3, 2012 1:23 PMReply

    Because America is the leading country in regards to culture, fashion, style and fashion other countries follow our trends. They are impressed by us and take us as an example of what is cool. When you watch the trailer you can see a blend of different eras and fashion that was made popular by black America and introduced to the world by Hip Hop and exploitive films. THIS TRAILER is the end result of black Americans supporting coonery. This trailer is indicative of how many countries view black Americans. So, to all film making coons and hip hop coon rappers and mougals, thank you, mission accomplished you big dummies!!!

  • Henrik | February 7, 2013 11:26 AM

    America isn't leading country regards to culture. That's the lesson i have learnt during the last 20 years. People in west are generally making huge error estimate believing that all great culture in east and south are following the American ideal of life. They will not. These cultures are thousands of years older and stronger than any American toothpaste culture. China, India and Africa will never go to California. Instead we will see great demographic changes making America far from current mostly European nation - yes, you hear it right. Both America and Europe will become more "south" than "north" during the next few centuries. And Africans are playing big role in that shift.

  • Archangel2020 | September 3, 2012 5:20 PM

    I agree with your points on so many levels!!! We had shows like BET:Uncut that aired internationally that gave the world a warped perception of blacks in the US, so what do we expect them to reflect? That's why we need to have creative control of our movies and insure that we are not shown in a exploitative manner.

  • roberto | September 3, 2012 1:17 PMReply

    wow.....i can't

  • Cool Cookie | September 3, 2012 1:09 PMReply

    Horrible, I watched the trailer, while I don't understand the language, the film looks like another offensive, stereotypical movie which shows black women and black people in general in a bad light SMH

  • huey | September 3, 2012 12:57 PMReply


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