How to Survive a Broken Heart (1990)

Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - Netherlands  |  
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To his credit, the highly prolific Dutch filmmaker Pim de la Parra doesn't just make his own style of films but helps other filmmakers create something. In this black-and-white film, he is listed as a co-producer, and a co-writer. The story concerns a bereft young man living in a bleak section of Amsterdam who was inexplicably left by his girlfriend and cannot reconcile himself to that fact. However, he has a number of raffish friends who involve him in adrenaline-junkie games like "chicken" racing to take his mind off his sorry state for a little while. Every now and then, new sections of the story are prefaced by humorous or baffling "Thou shalt" or "Thou Shalt Not"-type slogans.