Yes Nurse! No Nurse!
Ja Zuster! Nee Zuster!
Reel Affirmations 13: Washington DC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Date: Sunday, 10/19/2003
Time: 7:00 pm

Venue: Lincoln Theatre
Tickets: $9

Type: Feature presentation
Language: Dutch with English subtitles

Metro Weekly Rating: (5 out of 5)

by Alex MacLennan

Yes Nurse, No NurseTHIS BIG, SUGARY gumdrop of a movie is chock full of musical numbers, colorful outfits, and eccentric performances that conspire, beginning with the exuberant opening credits, to offer a flat-out pleasurable, original, and unexpected treat.

Fans of Chicago, Down with Love, and especially Moulin Rouge should flock to the fluffy story of Nurse Klivia, Jet, Bertus and Bobby, the Engineer, the Hairdresser, nasty Boordevol, and Gerit, the handsome thief.

The movie's plot (twisty and extraneous as it is) involves at least three romances, a threatened eviction, a series of robberies, and a pill that change personalities from bad to good. One romantic interlude includes the smoothly muscled thief, in the tightest of tighty whities, singing on the rooftop to his pigeons and then his girl. It's like a Pierre et Giles photo come to life on the set of Little Shop of Horrors.

Yes Nurse, No NurseThe gay plotline may be small, but the gay sensibility is overwhelming, as is the sheer fun of watching this film. Yes Nurse! No Nurse! enjoys the benefits of a respectable budget, judiciously (and joyously) spent. Carnivals, circuses, and parades regularly move down Klivia's street, and the characters swing into song and dance without fail. There are more than one moments of true beauty, plenty of laughs, and a surprisingly moving denouement.

Yes Nurse! No Nurse! is a sweet, funny film that swirls and delights. Be warned -- you might just spend days singing the chorus in your head, and you will definitely be enchanted from beginning to end.

More information

Film Links:
· Reel Affirmations details
· Internet Movie Database
· Official film site

Festival Venue:
Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street, NW; Washington, DC 20009. (202) 328-6000. (map)
Directly across from Green Line Metro / U Street-Cardozo station.

You may buy your tickets or passes in advance: Online at or by phone at (800) 494-TIXS (494-8497). Or you may visit the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U Street, NW, WDC); the DCJCC (1529 16th Street, NW, WDC); Lambda Rising (1625 Connecticut Avenue, NW, WDC); or Universal Gear (1601 17th Street, NW, WDC).

For more info visit the official Reel Affirmations website.