Melvin of twelve sees his second father Hans as his real father, although they hardly ever do anything nice together. Hans, who suffers from a personality disorder, usually feels too 'shitty' or 'indisposed' for that. To such an extent that he already feels annoyed when his own stepson is in a fine temper. According to his wife, Melvin's mother, the cause of this paralysing dejection lies in a poor sense of perspective. Before the registering camera eye, it is hard to budge Hans, except for a beer or cigarette, a weary sigh or protracted groan. This documentary follows the small family for a year and a half, particularly analysing the father-son relationship. It is harrowing to see how the father monopolises the attention, while the son hides his true feelings behind a cheerful mask. The question is to what extent this will have repercussions on the adolescent Melvin.


Executive producer
Sound editing
Production company
Roaring Films
Umwelt Films
TV company
RTV Rijnmond
Distributor NL
Lombardo Films

Title: Laat papa maar even met rust
Year: 2008
Duration : 48 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2009

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