Pinkel is a film about a former punker. He is twenty years old, has a job as a paperhanger and shares an apartment with his girlfriend and their baby in a Rotterdam slum area.
Pinkel (which means something like ‘little one’) used to be a politically conscious punker. When Pinkel was 14 years old he started working, but gradually he considered the work he was doing dull, and suddenly, as he says in the film, he quit working and became a punker. Pinkel and his friend Geert used to play in the legendary punk rock band Tändstickorshocks, together with the Rondos, Rode Wig and Sovjets it formed Red Rock.
Pinkel has turned his back on the punk movement, however, and has eventually chosen for a way of life he used to fight against and which he once abhorred and rebelled against. His views concerning women and foreign workers, for example, are now directly opposed to the ideals, which were featured in the radical songs of The Tändstickor-shocks. Anarchy is no more.
Part of the film was shot in 1979, during the hey-day of the Dutch punk movement.
Pinkel had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 1982, where ‘this first Rotterdam feature’ received great critical acclaim. It toured the festival circuit and has been released in Dutch film theatres for eight weeks.
The film was selected for the TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival, The 36th Edinburgh International Film Festival, Festival Du Nouveau Cinema Montreal , Mostra Sao Paulo and many others.
Rotterdams Dagblad 23 jan 1982
Het is verbijsterend in 75 minuten mee te maken hoe de opvattingen van een gezonde Hollandse jongen in no time veranderen in het banale vooroordeel van alledag, de metamorfose van een spirituele punker.
Het lijkt alsof Rijneke aan de werkelijkheid niets heeft toegevoegd of afgedaan, de werkelijkheid is dat hij precies genoeg heeft verschoven om een onontkenbare cinematografische realiteit te creëren.
Pinkel is een document van hoog niveau en bovendien een soms ontroerende dan weer vermakelijke film, waarin het drama van de kansarme jeugd trefzeker is neergezet.