Dutch former Prime Minister President Ruud Lubbers is interviewed at Amsterdam university by students. His story is laced with flashbacks of important events in his political career.
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Series cast summary:
Huub Stapel ...  Ruud Lubbers 4 episodes, 2016
Guy Clemens ...  Ruud Lubbers 4 episodes, 2016
Kristen Denkers Kristen Denkers ...  Ria 4 episodes, 2016
Hannah van Lunteren Hannah van Lunteren ...  Liza Sanders 4 episodes, 2016
Karin Meerman Karin Meerman ...  Ria 4 episodes, 2016
Rob Das Rob Das ...  Charles 4 episodes, 2016
Anna Keuning Anna Keuning ...  Anja 4 episodes, 2016
Achraf Koutet ...  Barry 4 episodes, 2016
Roos Netjes ...  Carien 4 episodes, 2016
Britte Lagcher ...  Erica 4 episodes, 2016
Sebastiaan Frowijn Sebastiaan Frowijn ...  Fabian / ... 4 episodes, 2016
Soumaya Ahouaoui Soumaya Ahouaoui ...  Ghaaliya / ... 4 episodes, 2016
Niels Quist Niels Quist ...  Harald / ... 4 episodes, 2016
Sophie van Winden ...  Koningin Beatrix 3 episodes, 2016
Martijn Nieuwerf Martijn Nieuwerf ...  Wim Kok 2 episodes, 2016
Ali Ben Horsting Ali Ben Horsting ...  Bart Lubbers 2 episodes, 2016
Ferdi Janssen Ferdi Janssen ...  Dries van Agt 2 episodes, 2016
Harpert Michielsen Harpert Michielsen ...  Hans van der Broek 2 episodes, 2016
Stijn Westenend Stijn Westenend ...  Elco Brinkman 2 episodes, 2016
Mirre Licht Mirre Licht ...  Heleen Lubbers 2 episodes, 2016
Nils Verkooijen ...  Paul Lubbers 2 episodes, 2016
Jason Dann van Rooijen Jason Dann van Rooijen ...  Bart Lubbers 2 episodes, 2016
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Dutch former Prime Minister President Ruud Lubbers thinks it's time to take stock and that's why he agrees with four lengthy interviews with lecture hall students about important events in his political career. He is being challenged about the oil crisis, economic reforms, demonstrations against cruise missiles and the birth of the euro. The students are not only curious, but also confrontational. Why have Lubbers' memoirs never appeared? What were his ideals? Is he actually a democrat in heart and soul?

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1/12/2015

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Netherlands

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Dutch

Release Date:

17 February 2016 (Netherlands) See more »

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€1,100,000 (estimated)
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Failed short to its potential
3 February 2018 | by matrix-80See all my reviews

In this overview of Ruud Lubbers' career as state secretary (undersecretary) and prime minister, we are offered an excellent performance by Guy Clemens, who portraits the protagonist at a young age. Even their voices are very much alike. Most other historic characters, however, give any viewer who already know them a reason to cringe at the absolutely horrible acting performances.

Like in most biographies, Lubbers is often shown as the smartest and often only reasonable voice in political situations. Yet in this miniseries this is achieved more by ridiculing his counter parts rather than elevating Lubbers himself. The viewer is not granded the usual arsenal of memorable quotes and high level discussions.

Comparing this to film biographies like Gandhi (1982) or Lincoln (2011) does not put this miniseries in a good light, but perhaps that too high a bar a Dutch production. Yet I cannot help but think that a little more effort from the actors and the script writer could have elevated this production to a much higher level.

Given the fact that the director has admitted he had a free hand in filling the gaps of historic knowledge with his own fantasy, one is disadvised to take details and encounters as historic facts. Nonetheless, the miniseries does seem to give an accurate general impression of Lubbers, his challenges, both professional as well as in marriage, and his notorious casanova behaviour.


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