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by Hans Van Nuffel


Tom and his brother Lucas are young men who suffer from cystic fybrosis, a genetic disease that slowly destroys their lungs. Tom is struggling to cope with his short life expectancy and hangs around with a gang of hoodlums. In the hospital, he meets Xavier, a young man suffering from the same illness but behaving like a top athlete. Xavier is a confirmed optimist, even when he is dumped by his girlfriend Annelen. Tom takes in Xavier’s energy and joy of life. He roams the hospital grounds and falls for the charms of quirky Eline, who has been quarantined for months due to an infection. They are not allowed to touch and can only talk to each other over the phone. Yet, they start a romance. When Tom’s brother Lucas dies during lung transplantation surgery, Tom is inconsolable. He seeks refuge among his rough friends, avoids Xavier and breaks up with Eline. But one day, he again crosses Xavier’s path who gives him back his taste for life…

international title: Oxygen
original title: Adem
country: Belgium
sales agent: Premium Films
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Hans Van Nuffel
release date: BE 08/09/2010, NL 07/07/2011, FR 12/10/2011
screenplay: Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, Hans Van Nuffel
cast: Marie Vinck, Stef Aerts, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Anemone Valcke, Wouter Hendrickx, Ina Geerts, Kris Cuppens, Maarten Mertens
cinematography by: Ruben Impens
film editing: Alain Dessauvage
art director: Steven Liegeois
costumes designer: Tine Verbeurgt
music: Spinvis
producer: Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, Dries Phlypo, Leontine Petit, Joost de Vries, Marleen Slot
production: A Private View, Lemming Film
distributor: Kinepolis Film Distribution, Paradiso Entertainment BV, Premium Films



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