Brittle - Mijke de Jong

Original Dutch film title:
80 minutes

Psychological drama around five sisters.

A 40th wedding anniversary, organised by five daughters, gets out of hand in a confrontation between sisters who differ starkly in character. A secret from the past plays a part therein.

Dad and mum have been married for 40 years and that deserves a celebration. However the five daughters can’t agree on how to celebrate it. They decide to make a videotape ‘with best wishes and lots of love’. The meeting soon turns into a confrontation between the five sisters, who are very different in character. While the video camera is on and also when it is turned off, the sisters fight out their conflicts and rivalries. In a comic and moving way, each of the sisters has their own passions, sensitivities and frustrations.

Lieneke Le Roux (Lian)
Maartje Nevejan (Leen)
Adelheid Roosen (Carlos)
Leonoor Pauw (Muis)
Marnie Blok (Ted)

script & direction: Mijke de Jong
co-scriptwriter: Jolein Laarman
camera: Joost van Starrenburg Nsc
light: Frank Berger
sound: Ben Zijlstra, Joost Roskam
art director/kleding: Jolein Laarman
make-up: Jackie De Boer
editing: Menno Boerema
re-recording mix: Jan van Sandwijk
laboratory: Cineco
production manager: Annemiek van Gorp
lin producer: René Goossens
producer: René Scholten

this film is a co-production of Studio Nieuwe Gronden with VPRO Televisie

this film is financially supported by:
Nederlands Fonds voor de Film
Stimuleringsfonds Nederlandse Culturele Omroepproducties

Netherlands Film Festival 1997: *Golden Calf Best actresses