What You Expect from the World Behind You or/of verwar de

Jan Willem van Dam Long documentary - 2003 - 150 min.

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The two sisters Manon and Madou Engels are on holiday in Tuscany. But they are not solely there for pleasure; they are looking for something. For their background, the meaning of life, perhaps a big story. This is the leitmotif for Van Dam's visual observations of `the natural situation', as he describes it in his film. Wet roads below overcast skies in the photogenic Tuscany region: furrowed faces of Italian men jointly digging a hole; a playing village orchestra; a boy listening to his grandpa playing the piano. But the film also contains interviews: with an elderly woman about Berlusconi's politics and with a man who tells the story of how as a young man he was kissed on the mouth by Mrs. Tarkovski - in the now dilapidated house where the great director supposedly once lived. Meanwhile, the two sisters walk, boat, swim and listen; slowly, their search glides on, without the answers to the unasked questions seeming to come nearer. Or have they always been there?


Director(s) Jan Willem van Dam
Producer(s) Jan Willem van Dam
Production Company Geen Dank Produkties
Ver. ter bevordering van het kennisnemen
Executive Producer
Director of Photography
Sound on Set
Carolien Slegers
Production Country