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BETWEEN

by Mijke de Jong

synopsis

Following his parents’ divorce, Isaac, seventeen, lives alone with his mother. Avoiding all contact with reality, and having no friends, his activities come down to polishing his Samurai sword, listening to his walkman, staying in his room or slipping into the apartments of absent strangers and going through their things. His parents, Roos and Martin, meet regularly in cafés and restaurants, to keep in touch and discuss their past. When Roos confides her worries about Isaac, arguments and reproaches ensue, since Martin seems to have little interest in his son’s upbringing. Approaching the subject of divorce in all its complexity, a couple part, yet continue to feel strongly for one another and cannot make a definitive break.

international title: Between
original title: Tussenstand
country: Netherlands
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Mijke de Jong
screenplay: Jolein Laarman
cast: Marcel Musters, Elsie de Brauw, Stijn Koomen, Jeroen Willems, Joan Nederlof, Shireen Strooker
cinematography by: Ton Peters
film editing: Dorith Vinken
art director: Jolein Laarman
costumes designer: Monica Petit
producer: Leontine Petit, Joost de Vries
production: Lemming Film
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