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Iles Flottantes

A trio of 30-year-old women living in Rotterdam discover there's more to life than drifting from one relationship to another in Nanouk Leopold's feature bow, "Iles Flottantes." This intriguing portrait of free but unmotivated femmes is lent appeal by its three sparkling actresses, who work their way through nonstop dialogue to create distinctive characters.

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With: Maria Kraakman, Manja Topper, Halina Reijn, Kuno Bakker, Jacob Derwig, Leopold Witte.

A trio of 30-year-old women living in Rotterdam discover there’s more to life than drifting from one relationship to another in Nanouk Leopold’s feature bow, “Iles Flottantes.” This moderately intriguing portrait of a free but unmotivated generation of femmes is lent appeal by its three sparkling actresses, who work their way through nonstop dialogue to create distinctive characters. Geared to a female p.o.v., the story plays out the male/female clash and concludes that the important thing is to find yourself before you find a partner. Pic looks likely to score locally and maybe attract the attention of related markets.

Gamin-like Kate leaves Max, the perfect boyfriend, on her 30th birthday. She may be pregnant by Christopher, the b.f. of her friend Isa, an artist prone to bursting into tears at the corner bakery. Sasha, most mature of the lot, has a suave Russian businessman admirer, but is also tied to a Dutch beau who beats and rapes her. Leopold emphasizes the friends’ solidarity, which outlives tiffs, childishness and egoism. Clean, modern camerawork by Benito Strangio captures a pleasant feeling of place, repeated in a mellow score by Harry de Wit.

Iles Flottantes

Netherlands

Production: An A-film Distribution release of a Circe Films/Motel Films production. (International sales: Circe Films, Amsterdam.) Produced by Stienette Bosklopper. Directed, written by Nanouk Leopold.

Crew: Camera (color), Benito Strangio; editor, Katharina Wartena; music, Harry de Wit; art director, Diana von den Vossenberg; sound, Ferry de Pater. Reviewed at Rotterdam Film Festival (competing), Jan. 27, 2001. Running time: 78 MIN.

With: With: Maria Kraakman, Manja Topper, Halina Reijn, Kuno Bakker, Jacob Derwig, Leopold Witte.

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