Signes de Vie - Tekens van Leven

Miel Van Hoogenbemt Long documentary - 1994 - 78 min.

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Documentary about the last days of several cancer patients. A Belgian camera crew spent three weeks in the Sint Jan Hospice in Brussels. Incurably-ill patients spend their last days here. Most of them are no longer on any medicine apart from morphine. The terminal patients don't usually spend more than three weeks in the centre. Freed from hypocrisy and false hope, they reflect on their lives and try to make something of the last few days they have. Openly and without sentimentality, patients, relatives and nursing staff talk to director Miel van Hoogenbemt about hope and despair, the meaning of life, inner peace, approaching death and the most difficult parting.


Director(s) Miel Van Hoogenbemt
Producer(s) Hubert Toint
Emjay Rechsteiner
Production Company
Saga Film
Staccato Films
Director of Photography
Louis Philippe Capelle
Pilar Morales
Sound on Set
Jean-Jacques Quinet
Production Country