Portrait of the family of Lech, a Polish worker in the Dutch construction industry. Despite Lech's absence life revolves around him in his native village and his family is completely dependent of him.
Lech is a Polish worker in the Dutch construction industry. As he works here illegally, it was impossible to put him in front of the camera. This led filmmaker Carin Goeijers to the idea to travel to Lech's fatherland and film the story of his family that stayed behind. Their lives revolve around Lech; this makes the absentee the focal point of the original documentary Verhaal van verlangen. Lech's family is living in the cheerless village of Sawin, where unemployment rates are high. Most of the time, people are watching television. They are hoping for better times. Lech is doing his best: he has put up a large, Western-looking house in the backyard, but it is far from finished. His wife, yearning for Lech's return, is worried about the lack of money for completing the house.

Credits

Producer
Set geluid
Production company
Paul de Bont Producties
TV company
NCRV TV
Distributor NL
Paul de Bont Producties

Title: Verhaal van verlangen
Year: 2001
Duration : 36 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2001

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