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As the village of Doel dies a slow death under pressure from the advancing Antwerp docks, the elderly Emilienne tries to continue with her everyday life. But the village pastor Verstraete dies and her friends leave. Ultimately she is also forced to let go as well. Written by
De Engel van Doel is Tom Fassaert's debut feature-length documentary. The film is immediately engaging you don't even know it is a documentary until the destruction of the first house.
A little village stands in the way of the expanding port of Antwerp. Only the oldest inhabitants, a widow, her friends and the village priest, remain, holding out tenaciously in the face of their shared fate.
Shot on 16mm over six years sometimes only a minute a day. Following up on a small newspaper article, Fassaert met the priest and then Emilienne. He fell for her spontaneity and honesty immediately, as do we.
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