Love is All (2007 film)

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Alles is Liefde
Alles is Liefde.jpg
Original film poster for Alles is Liefde
Directed by Joram Lürsen
Produced by Jeroen Beker
Frans van Gestel
Written by Kim van Kooten
Starring Carice van Houten
Paul de Leeuw
Wendy van Dijk
Daan Schuurmans
Chantal Janzen
Music by Melcher Meirmans
Merlijn Snitker
Chrisnanne Wiegel
Cinematography Lex Brand
Edited by Peter Alderliesten
Distributed by A-Film
Release date
  • 11 October 2007 (2007-10-11)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Netherlands
Language Dutch
Box office $14,724,768[1]

Alles is Liefde (English: Love is All) is a 2007 Dutch romantic comedy film directed by Joram Lürsen, and starring Carice van Houten, Paul de Leeuw, Wendy van Dijk, and Daan Schuurmans.


The actor who annually plays Sinterklaas dies just before the arrival of the television crew. A mysterious new Sinterklaas named Jan (Michiel Romeyn) replaces him. Shortly after his public appearance, he rescues a child who fell into a canal, but runs away when people realize what happened and begin crowding around. He is found by the production assistant of the television show next day, and agrees to appear in television shows, when he is informed that playing Sinterklaas is a paying job. He becomes quite popular on television because of his alternative style.

Klaasje (Wendy van Dijk) has left her husband Dennis (Peter Paul Muller), because he cheated on her with a young and attractive elementary school teacher (Chantal Janzen). Dennis wants her back, but his chances seem to plummet when she has a fling with a 16-year-old boy (Valerio Zeno), whom she meets at her father's funeral (her father was the previous "Sinterklaas" actor).

Klaasje’s best friend Simone (Anneke Blok), the mother of the girl rescued by Sinterklaas, is the linchpin in her family. Her husband Ted (Thomas Acda) often feels redundant. He loses his job, but he is afraid to tell his domineering wife.

Swimming instructor Victor (Paul de Leeuw) looks forward to marrying his love Kees (Daan Schuurmans), an undertaker. But Kees has doubts and fears about committed life. During the marriage ceremony, he walks away without saying ‘yes’.

Victor's sister Kiki (Carice van Houten), a saleswoman at the jewellery section of De Bijenkorf, has always dreamt of a Prince Charming. During the arrival of Sinterklaas, Kiki almost runs into Crown Prince Valentine (Jeroen Spitzenberger), while driving a horse carriage. Kiki is dressed as a campaign gift and the prince takes her in his arms as she tries to get down from the carriage. Prince Valentine falls in love with her. Next morning he visits De Bijenkorf to see Kiki. But Kiki desists from seeing him, and rejects him on the grounds that he will not take her seriously. To still come into contact with her, Prince Valentine dresses as Black Peter, does antics at De Bijenkorf for work. In the evening, he (dressed as Black Pieter) offers to drop her home and ends up having a wild night with her. The next morning, however, he sneaks away through the window without saying goodbye to Kiki. Kiki follows him to his hotel and confronts him. It turns out that Kiki knew all along that Prince Valentine was playing Black Pieter but just wanted to see how far he would go for her. They end up kissing each other.

On the night of Sinterklaas Eve, Jan again runs away before his appearance in the show. He is spotted by Ted who recognizes him to be his child's rescuer. Ted invites Jan, dressed as Sinterklaas, to his house for a beer. The neighborhood children gradually flock to his house, as word spreads of Jan's presence. The television crew also eventually comes there. During his TV interview, he speaks candidly about his life and his regrets. He also tells that the name of his son is Kees and that he abandoned his family when his son was three years old. The 5 December Special TV show comes to an end and Sinterklaas is seen walking out onto the snowy street. As he walks and looks around, all the couples are shown one by one to have found out what to do with their lives. Having found his father on the television show, Kees drives with Victor to meet him. They come across him in the middle of the road as they were driving. The movie ends with Jan, dressed as Sinterklaas, embracing Kees.[2]


The story is inspired by the film Love Actually (2003). The budget of Alles is Liefde was 4 million.[3]


Box office[edit]

Alles is Liefde had a box office take of 9.1 million in 2007.[4] Within two months after its release it received a Golden Film award for 100,000 visitors,[5] a Platinum Film award for 400,000 visitors,[6] and a Diamond Film for 1,000,000 visitors,[7] all in the Netherlands.

In 2007, it was the most viewed Dutch film in cinemas, and over all the third most viewed film in Dutch cinemas, coming after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.[4]

Alles is Liefde is the most visited Dutch romantic comedy film ever, and is in the top 20 of most visited Dutch films of all time.[7]


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  2. ^ Plot Outline Dutch Wikipedia (translation)
  3. ^ Alles is Liefde. NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 4 January 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Nederlandse film ongekend populair in 2007 (+video)" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. 10 January 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Met 100.000 bezoekers nu al Gouden Film voor Alles is Liefde" (in Dutch). Netherlands Film Festival. 15 October 2007. Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2007. 
  6. ^ "Alles is Liefde in recordtempo Platina Film" (in Dutch). Netherlands Film Festival. 29 October 2007. Archived from the original on 12 November 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2007. 
  7. ^ a b "Alles is Liefde behaalt in recordtempo één miljoen bezoekers" (in Dutch). Netherlands Film Festival. 7 December 2007. Archived from the original on 20 December 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2007. 

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