Els and Gerben live together in a simple flat. One night, Els breaks into her own apartment because she has forgotten the key. Gerben thinks she is a burglar and gives her a thorough bashing. An unfortunate confluence of events, they both think, but the law and the entire world of social assistance thinks differently. En endless row of public servants and welfare workers meddles in the digestion of the event and tries, stiflingly, to put everything in a context they deem satisfactory. Director Thijs Gloger lets the story speak for itself, against colourless backgrounds, the bare apartment, the long corridors of institutions, the depressing little offices. The silences are more telling than the incessant stream of jargon exuded by the social workers, and looks make deeper wounds than the ones Els sustained - injuries that the director ingeniously keeps off-screen until well in the film.
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