Sexual Healing

Elsbeth Fraanje

Dutch Movies Matter World premiere

Intimate portrait of Evelien, who is spastic since birth and has a strong desire for sexuality. Now, at 53, she thinks it’s time for an intimacy quest. But doubt and insecurities are never far away. Will she overcome her inner obstacles?

‘Nobody’s interested in me…’ That is the strong conviction of Evelien. She is spastic, moves in a wheelchair, and the few sexual experiences she’s had were disappointing. But talks with her care provider Brigitte awaken a desire for intimacy in Evelien. And so she takes a leap of faith.

Evelien and Brigitte go shopping for nice underwear, which Evelien hasn’t worn since she was 20. ‘I suddenly have a woman’s body,’ she says at her reflection in the mirror, wearing a new brassiere. They visit a sex shop. And eventually Evelien gets in touch with sex carer Thomas, with whom she considers hooking up. But she finds out that she must first learn to love herself as she is. And that’s far from easy for her.

Nominated for the Dutch Movies Matter award
All nominations

Credits

Director
Elsbeth Fraanje
Producer
Nienke Korthof, Willem Baptist
Year
2022
Country of production
Netherlands, The
Type
Documentary
Duration
55 minutes
Spoken language
Dutch
Subtitles
EN
Production company
Tangerine Tree
World Sales
Tangerine Tree