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5 best Dutch films on Netflix for learning Dutch

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You heard right - you can improve your Dutch by watching TV! Of course, you’re never going to get fluent by simply sitting on your butt and binging Netflix. For that, you’ll probably need to take a Dutch course. But, watching Dutch films is a great way to learn more about the culture and history of the Netherlands.

Plus, it allows to you to get used to the way the language is spoken in the “real world” (i.e. at a billion miles an hour). It’s a good way to get your ear in, improve your pronunciation and pick up some extra pieces of vocabulary. Best of all, as all of the following recommendations are available on Netflix in the Netherlands, you don’t even need to leave your sofa.

To save you the work, Iamexpat trawled through the catalogues to find the best Dutch films out there (and made sure they all have English subtitles!) So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Here’s their top five recommendations.

1. Loving Ibiza (Verliefd op Ibiza)
Sun, sea, parties and beautiful people - Loving Ibiza is escapism at its finest. Film snobs, however, might do best to look away... It is fantastically silly, but this crowd-pleasing, ensemble romantic comedy makes for a truly entertaining 110 minutes.

2. The Resistance Banker (Bankier van het Verzet)
Witnessing the devastation wreaked by the Nazi occupation of his homeland, Dutch banker Walraven van Hall decides to fight back using his unique skill set: he comes up with a method of surreptitiously financing the Dutch resistance. What starts out as a phoney “Sailor’s Fund” quickly develops into the biggest fraud in the history of Dutch banking. The bigger the operation gets, the higher the stakes and the riskier it becomes.

3. Bon Bini Holland
Robertico Florentina is a charming crook who runs a small-scale scam business on the tropical island of Curaçao. His brainchild, Bon Bini Bungalows, makes money by letting fancy houses to tourists - without the owner’s knowledge.

4. Riphagen - The Untouchable (Riphagen)
It may be another film about World War Two in the Netherlands, but Riphagen - The Untouchable is more than deserving of your time for its focus on a troublesome - and often underacknowledged - aspect of history: Dutch collaboration with the Nazi regime.

5. Layla M
Born and raised in Amsterdam, 18-year-old Layla is smart, stubborn and idealistic. Struggling to square her religious beliefs with a society that seems increasingly intolerant of them, she becomes enamoured with a group of radical Muslims and flees to Jordan. What she finds, however, is an intensely patriarchal society that stifles her intrinsic need to control her own fate.

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