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Manslaughter (2012)

Doodslag (original title)
A lonesome ambulance driver turns both his life and society upside down after one night he violently loses his temper with the hoodlum youths who hinder him in performing his duties.


Pieter Kuijpers


Marcel Lenssen (scenario), Pieter Kuijpers (contributing writer) | 2 more credits »
7 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Theo Maassen ... Max
Gijs Scholten van Aschat ... Felix
Maryam Hassouni ... Amira
Janni Goslinga Janni Goslinga ... Bettie
Casper van Ouwerkerk Casper van Ouwerkerk ... Abel
Najib Amhali Najib Amhali ... Vader Mo
Eric van Sauers ... Taxichauffeur
Matthijs van Nieuwkerk Matthijs van Nieuwkerk ... Matthijs van Nieuwkerk
Arie Boomsma ... Arie Boomsma
Martijn Koning Martijn Koning ... Mo
Stefan de Walle Stefan de Walle ... Jos
Ad van Kempen Ad van Kempen ... Ger Hendriksen
Marjon Brandsma Marjon Brandsma ... Ellie Hendriksen
Micha Hulshof Micha Hulshof ... Boris
Mamoun Elyounoussi Mamoun Elyounoussi ... Achmed


Max's ambulance is being held up by a small gang whose friend has a minor injury. Max, on his way to a woman who is giving birth with complications, hits a boy trying to unblock the road. The boy dies in the hospital while in the next room the baby and mother survive. Is Max a hero or a murderer? Written by Anonymous

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12 January 2012 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Emberölés See more »


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Gijs Scholten van Aschat, mostly known for his dramatic performances, plays a stand-up comedian here. In real life, his fellow actors Theo Maassen, Najib Amhali, Eric van Sauers and Martijn Koning are best known for their stand-up comedy routines outside of film. See more »

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The opening credits include a statement by Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister at the time the movie was made: "We willen de samenleving terugveroveren op de hufters", or in English: "We want to recapture society on the bastards". See more »

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27 May 2012 | by rob-broekhof-1See all my reviews

Grading this movie with a "five" means grading as "doubtful".


The Movie starts with a quote from a Prime Minister from the Netherlands (from 08/10/2010 until 23/04/2012). A free translation of this quote: "We want to reclaim society from the bastards".

I resent that kind of promotion of collective fear, especially because of the way it came across to me in this movie.

In the beginning I was able to recognize what was happening; after several drawbacks and being torn between being considered to be a hero and a criminal … the main character "Max" snaps … BUT … how this turns out in the end, was very unlikely.

I believe the film should have ended at the point where he drew a gun on those young bastards that were harassing him all the time. One of the intentions of Max was to balance the escalation level of this degenerated conflict … I do not think that there would have been any other way … the law really does protect bastards too much I guess.

Alas, Max kept on degenerating after that, and this is where I felt it became doubtful … because how to reclaim society from the bastards when people like Max also become a bastard?! Until then, I think that he truly made a pretty successful effort to act sane!

On top of that … I really wonder whether these annoying boys or Max represent the TRUE bastards of society …

I guess not … and I do feel that all bastards are basically full of fear … and that the enemy is within US … and it's called FEAR as well … the FEAR for the need to defend yourself in situations as depicted in this movie, and … the FEAR for yourself to do really bad stuff to other people ... to make a true effort to find out how "Room 101" needs to be prepared for someone you dearly hate ... an example of the danger of individual FEAR.

Room 101 is a place introduced in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. It is a torture chamber in the Ministry of Love in which the Party attempts to subject a prisoner to his or her own worst nightmare, fear or phobia ... another example of the danger of collective FEAR … the FEAR that this Prime Minister and the movie makers are promoting …

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