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Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
Chicago premiere!


2016, Paula van der Oest, Netherlands, 100 min. With Pierre Bokma, Rifka Lodeizen.

Show Times

  • Sun, Mar 19th 3:15pm
  • Wed, Mar 22nd 6:00pm

“A frequently intense and stirring drama that finds acclaimed Dutch director Paula van der Oest working far outside her comfort zone.” — Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

This official Netherlands Academy Awards submission by Oscar-nominated van der Oest (ZUS & ZO), based on the best-selling novel by A.F. Th. Van der Heijden, examines the trajectory of grief and forgiveness for a middle-aged Amsterdam couple when their mercurial only son Tonio is killed in a bicycle accident following a late-night tryst with a lover. Memories seen in flashback conjure up differing impressions of the past for Adri (Bokma), a rigidly organized writer, and his devastated wife Mirjam (Lodeizen). A desperate effort to grasp the illusion of what might have been leads them to search for the unknown woman who last saw their son alive. In Dutch with English subtitles. Courtesy of Dutch Features. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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