At the begin­ning of the docu­men­tary, fine artist Jan Montyn is lying in bed, stripped to the waist. The blades of a fan are spin­ning; war footage is projected across. In 1944, Montyn enrolled in the German navy and ended up on the eastern front. He shows draw­ings he made in the trenches with char­coal and tooth­paste. Back in Holland, he was hospi­talised with shell shock’. Never­the­less, later on he would fight the commu­nists in Korea and work as a relief worker in Vietnam and Cambodia. The film crew follows him back to Vietnam, a country where he first arrived in the early seven­ties: Some­times, I try to convert the horror to paradise.’ And now he is sailing on a river, surrounded by dancing young women. But we also see him at work and breathe down his neck when he is etching and engraving. He looks back on his life without a guilty conscience or shame. Many wars, many women, many etches’, could be his epitaph, the voice-over says.

Credits

Director
Scenario
Set geluid
Sound Design
Production company
Viewpoint Productions
TV company
NTR
Distributor NL
Cinema Delicatessen

Title: Love Me or Leave Me
Year: 2004
Duration : 1 hour, 11 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2005

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