It is 2012 and a very old Louis van Gasteren is reviewing an earlier phase in his life in a video editing suite. In the movie he is watching, a 42 year old Louis stands watching garbage ...
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It is 2012 and a very old Louis van Gasteren is reviewing an earlier phase in his life in a video editing suite. In the movie he is watching, a 42 year old Louis stands watching garbage cans loaded into a truck in 1964. The older Louis reflects upon his own image as a young man, "At the age of 90, it's strange to look back at myself then. I see myself, knowing what has happened to me since, Yes, it's me but then again it isn't."
We leave the old man and pick up the story as it unfolds beginning in 1964 in Amsterdam, when as a young man Louis began to film his feelings and experiences in a full length feature film. We see him and his family at a carnival, shot in gaudy color, a different time, before the 60s really happened, feeling almost like the 19th century. We hear a player piano. Louis is with his two young children from his first marriage, Louis and Dominique, and his second wife Jacqueline and their newly born daughter Mardou. They are watching a fat mother and daughter on a ...
Nema takes the best of the counterculture movement of 1964-1969 and separates it from the worst.
By best I mean the open-mindedness, the questioning of old values and conditioning, and the artistic and intellectual freedom it created. By the worst I mean the sex and drugs for which it is mostly known. He paints the 'hippy movement' as a relatively sour note in the much larger intellectual and creative mind-awakening that was happening.
Up to now, I think no one has known how to paint the movement, or make sense of it, and sadly its good has been associated with what was its worst elements -- to a great disservice to humanity.
Van Gasteren also manages to put Meher Baba in the heart and center of it (literally center of it in the film) and it raises the entire film to a higher plane.
I think this film may play an important historical role, no matter how long it takes for the world to discover it in retrospect.
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