Retrospekt

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    Retrospekt

    Directed by

    Netherlands, Belgium

    2018

    101 min

    • French
    • English
    • Dutch
    • Flemish

    Drama

    Contemporary World Cinema - Toronto IFF

    While on maternity leave, Mette (37) questions why the fulfilment she once felt with her husband and daughter is no longer there. She realises her life might lack real purpose. At work, a client of hers, Rineke, is not receiving the help she desperately needs. Mette grasps the opportunity to do something meaningful, inviting Rineke into her home. Suddenly, Rineke is in panic, terrified that her ex-boyfriend is coming. The two women flee together, but then a car appears and is approaching very quickly…

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Circé Lethem
    Lien Wildemeersch
    Martijn van der Veen
    Teun Luijkx
    Lottie Hellingman
    Screenplay
    Esther Rots
    Cinematography
    Lennert Hillege
    Editing
    Esther Roths
    Music
    Dan Geesin
    Festival Bookings
    SOME SHORTS
    Production
    ROTS FILMWERK
    Production
    COLUMN FILM
    Production
    SERENDIPITY FILMS

    Press

    A fascinating experience of cinematic dysphasia.

    Jessica Kiang, Variety

    An absurd, poetic fairy tale, which, despite being immersed in tragedy, retains a sense of humour.

    Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa

    Esther Rots

    Esther Rots

    Netherlands

    All my films to date play with similar fascinations: the significant and intense difference between knowing and feeling, the conscious and the unconscious, the reality and the intoxication of everyday things, the interpretation and the fact, the letting feelings in or the shutting them out...

    Esther Rots (1972, The Netherlands) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Arnhem and studied at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. Two of her short films were shown in the official short film selection of the Cannes Film Festival: PLAY WITH ME (2002) and I SPROUT (2003). Her acclaimed debut feature film CAN GO THROUGH SKIN premiered in 2009 Berlinale in the Forum section. Esther’s work is presented in ‘Take 100: The Future of Film’, a 2010 survey featuring 100 of the most exceptional emerging film directors from around the world, selected by 10 internationally prominent film festival directors. Her film RETROSPEKT (2018) screened in festivals around the world.

    Selected Filmography