Jaap Hoogstra: geboorte werd hem zijn dood

Aryan Kaganof Short documentary - 2007 - 26 min.

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Jaap Hoogstra, the actor who died in 1998 at the age of 83, muses on his life while cheerfully having a drink and smoking a big joint. The reflections on his childhood in Dordrecht are intimate and touching. He was born gay, he explains, and as a ten-year-old boy he was deflowered by an older boy. At the local swimming club that he liked to go to, all boys fucked each other, he claims. The interview that is shot from different angles is alternated with dramatised scenes in which Hoogstra plays the leading role. He acts in a cinematic adaptation of a monologue by Samuel Beckett, which is the source of the title of this documentary. Hoogstra speaks frankly about the recent demise of friends and colleagues. He is not afraid of dying, but he is of how he will die. While the image sometimes attains a fisheye perspective and Johnny Jordaan sings Mens durf te leven in the background, Hoogstra eventually stares wistfully ahead.

Credits

Director(s) Aryan Kaganof
Producer(s) Aryan Kaganof
Director of Photography Ian Kerkhof
Editing
C.R. Mandala
Sound on Set
Harry Caganof
Production Country
Netherlands