Anna is a vital woman who is married and has two daughters. She picks up her old passion of writing again after frequent requests by a colleague and a friend, but she had not foreseen the consequences of family and friends reading her stories...
Four old college friends in their forties come together in a time of trouble and despair. Old joy relives, but the harsh reality of their problems can't satisfy them and eventually endangers their friendships.
Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen
Gijs Scholten van Aschat
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Derek de Lint,
Marc van Uchelen,
Monique van de Ven
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Anna picks up her life-long, as a girl discouraged ambition to write. Preparing to the autobiographic formula of her favorite author, she taps into her, her ma's and two daughters' love and family life as well as her professional experience as midwife. Pondering these, mixed up with gore fantasy, only stirs past and present tension for all concerned. Written by
Director Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen had already been diagnosed with terminal cancer when the movie was shot. Co-director Jean van de Velde was attracted to replace him if there would be a need for that. Van de Sande Bakhuysen did manage to complete the movie, but he died one day before its release. See more »
This film is a delicate and thoughtful celebration of life, not only because of the beautiful rendering of family-life in its highs and lows but also because of the uplifting message director Van De Sande Bakhuysen leaves with his audience. For somebody who had to live with the knowing that he would die of cancer, the director urges the audience to stop looking for guilt or even forced happiness and start life from this moment on. The film itself may be masked propaganda for conformity and bourgeoisie, but delivers a satisfying and tear jerking portrait of love lost and refound but most importantly about the responsibility we all have not only to make ourselves happy but also the people around us, who rely on us for their joy in life.
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