Two brothers living in Amsterdam- Frank, and Ramon come up with a unique idea of starting a phone sex line. With their service, men can speak to women for a small price and get the orgasm they want. The price of their service is equivalent to a normal phone call.
The workers hired by them can earn easy money by just recording several tapes which will be then played on various phone calls. This is how the company was started by the brothers.
The series is set in a time when telephones became a part of everyone's daily life, and drugs were sold openly in Amsterdam. Frank and Ramon take advantage of the telephone system to start their sex lines. These sex lines further had Orgy Lines and other things that people can enjoy with guaranteed anonymity. These calls also didn’t reflect in their call records and the amount was added secretly.
Frank started many businesses but was not able to succeed in even one of them until he came up with the idea of these sex lines. Right from the start of their business, it was a hit and made them earn lots of money in no time. Talking about Ramon’s personal life, he was secretly still in love with Ramon’s wife who also happened to be his ex-lover.
With Frank, it was not as if he didn’t love his wife, sometimes the attraction that one shared in the past still gets a hold of them. So, getting back on their hotlines on which the title is based, it was a hit until all the lines crashed due to an accident of the submarine. These brothers get in talks again with the government, which now wants them to increase their hotlines. And, just like that, they are back in business.
Marly is a psychology student who gets thrown out of her house because her involvement with this business gets publicized. She now struggles to have a decent life on her own. She tries many things and then ends up getting into business with the hotlines after her failed attempt on recording the calls for the same company. She wants to open up a bit and be as confident as her friend. She is seen studying Sexology while also being in love with her new professor at the same time.
Don’t get the series wrong as it is not just about drugs, sex, and money. It is a coming-of-age story that is set in the 1980s. Dirty Lines has so much that can hold the interest of the viewers. There are just six episodes that are 40-50 minutes long. It is a unique series that shows the characters with a backdrop of the history of the Netherlands and Amsterdam.
I recommend you to watch Dirty Lines. It is fun and exciting to watch this series set against the backdrop of history and how things transformed in these places with time.
Final Score – [7/10]
Reviewed by - Riya Singh
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