Around Spin­oza’s statue in The Hague, close to each other, are the city hall and church, theatre and parlia­ment, the busi­ness district, red-light district and the Schilder­swijk working-class area. Desire is each man’s nature’, the 17th-century philoso­pher wrote, whose quota­tions are used as inserts in the film. The Lataster couple asks different local resi­dents what they think about the connec­tion between happi­ness, money and ethics. A garbage collector, for example, says rather glumly that he has cleared away all the posses­sions of a home­less man in five minutes; but a near-home­less ex-million­aire radi­antly claims he has never been happier in his life. The film­makers pose exis­ten­tial ques­tions, but preserve a light tone, partly by adjusting sound and camera move­ments to the daily activ­i­ties of the people portrayed: drums and close-ups for a boxing contest, a brisk jazz rhythm for a worka­holic manager.

Credits

Producer
Executive producer
Mixage
Montage
Muziek
Schönberg Kwartet

Title: Geluk is als glas
Year: 2001
Duration : 1 hour, 30 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2002

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