Dutch movies to watch on Netflix this holiday season
One of the biggest indulgences at this time of year is the freedom to cuddle up for an evening on the sofa watching as many films and series as you possibly can, without even feeling guilty about it because the weather outside is so cold and grey (and likely rainy) that staying indoors really is the sensible decision.
But then, just as you’re ready with your popcorn and your cosy blanket you’re suddenly struck with one of life’s most difficult decisions: “What on earth am I going to watch on Netflix?”
Fret not! IamExpat is here with our list of some of the Dutch movies you can sit back and enjoy this Christmas season. Plus - while maybe not quite as effective as taking a Dutch course - watching films is a great way to learn a new language. Fun entertainment and learning Dutch at the same time? What more could you want!
Dutch Christmas movies on Netflix
There are a couple of fun festive (Dutch) films out there that you can watch this holiday season - and many of them even have English subtitles!
1. Soof 2
A rom-com set in Amsterdam over Christmas - this film really is perfect for the holidays! In Soof 2 (the sequel to Soof) Soof faces the reality that, in spite of attempts to use couples therapy to fix her relationship, her marriage has fallen apart. She decides to reinvent herself and get her life back on track, as she tries to balance her family, her job, and the new chef she’s hired who she seems to be developing feelings for.
Sadly, Soof 2 is only available with Dutch subtitles, so picking this for your movie night is sure to put all your Dutch skills to the test!
2. The Claus Family (De Familie Claus)
The film follows the story of Jules Claus who, when hanging around in his grandfather’s toy shop, finds a magical snow globe and discovers his grandfather is the real Santa Claus! In spite of the fact that he’s fallen out of love with Christmas, Jules decides to help his grandfather, and in the process learns to appreciate the most wonderful time of the year again.
3. The Claus Family 2 (De Familie Claus 2)
The original Claus Family film turned out to be so successful that Netflix decided to go ahead and make a sequel which came out on December 7!
The sequel once again follows Jules, who has now taken over some of the gift-giving responsibilities from his grandfather. Everything seems to be going well until he receives a letter from a young girl who asks for something very special (and rather tricky) for Christmas.
4. Little Crumb (Kruimeltje)
This is a bit of a vintage Christmas film, but it's festive and heartwarming nonetheless. Little Crumb is the story of a mischievous 10-year-old orphan who lives on the streets of Rotterdam in the 1920s. One day, when the woman whose care he's under passes away, Kruimeltje decides to go on an adventure to search for his biological father.
Dutch movies you can watch with English subtitles
Not sure you’re in the mood for something festive? Don’t worry about it! There are plenty of other great Dutch movies available on Netflix.
This one is for everyone who ever dreamed of working with horses and becoming a rider! This 2019 film follows Megan and her best friend Julia.
Over their school holidays, the girls, together with their friend Eddy, start working at a local horse stable. Megan has always dreamed of becoming a successful dressage rider, and when she meets Whitestar, the two form an unbreakable bond, in spite of the horse’s unruly nature.
2. Loving Ibiza (Verliefd op Ibiza)
Verliefd of Ibiza tells four separate stories, following the lives of Lex - a 55-year-old former rock star struggling to keep hold of his rocker image - and his three adult daughters: Zara, a successful fashion designer who faces issues in her marriage when her husband cheats on her; Lizzy, a party planner who fights off her growing feelings for her model client’s soon-to-be fiance; and Bibi, the wild and care-free baby of the family.
Riphagen is a biographical drama that follows the life of Dreis Riphagen - a Dutch traitor and criminal in Amsterdam who helped the Nazis round up Jews during the Second World War. During the war, his wealth and power grew as he extorted the Jewish people that he was hunting down, taking their treasures and valuables for himself.
Then, one day, resistance fighter and police officer Jan van Liempd makes it his mission to track Riphagen down and bring him to justice.
4. The Forgotten Battle (De Slag om de Schelde)
The Forgotten Battle is undoubtedly one of the biggest Dutch films of all time. After premiering back in December 2020, the film was finally added to Netflix in October.
The film revolves around the Second World War battle known as the forgotten battle of the Scheldt, following the lives of three young people as their paths collide during the deadly battle and they are forced to consider their motives as they all fight towards the same goal: freedom.
Get cosy and get watching!
What are you waiting for - grab that remote or switch on your laptop and find the perfect film for tonight's viewings!