Liefsteling

Eva van Barneveld

Dutch Movies Matter World premiere

Lovers Hetty (76) and Jeanne (91) are determined to ‘enjoy themselves ’till they drop’. But Jeanne’s worsening dementia puts a strain on their happiness. Beautiful, intimate portrait of true love based on honesty, kindness and a desire for pure joy.

Sitting in the grass overlooking the sea, Hetty asks her lover Jeanne where she wants her ashes to be scattered. Jeanne dodges the question. Hetty reminds Jeanne that they had chosen a song for the memorial service: Édith Piaf’s ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’. Hetty sings a few lines. Jeanne smiles. She says: ‘Do it again.’ And they both start singing.

The love of Hetty and Jeanne is filled with joy. They sing and make music together, they dance in the kitchen and they dance on the beach. But Jeanne has Alzheimer, and her condition is worsening. Hetty wants to support her as much as she can. Still, she finds out there are limits to what she can do. She’s reluctant to call in outside help, more so because Jeanne doesn’t think it’s necessary at all. But however difficult their situation gets, their love remains incredibly strong. And their capacity to celebrate life is truly awe-inspiring.

Nominated for the Dutch Movies Matter award
All nominations

Credits

Director
Eva van Barneveld
Producer
Nienke Korthof, Willem Baptist
Year
2022
Country of production
Netherlands, The
Type
Documentary
Duration
72 minutes
Spoken language
Dutch
Subtitles
EN
Production company
Tangerine Tree