Directed by Bas Devos
Belgium, Netherlands | 2014 | 82 min | drama | Dutch
15-year-old Jesse is the only one who witnessed the stabbing of his friend Jonas. Now he has to face his family and friends from the BMX riders crew and explain the unexplainable – how he feels about it. The looks of his close ones and his inability to answer their questions gradually isolate Jesse and the growing grief prevents him from finding comfort.
Cast & Crew
Director: Bas Devos
Screenplay: Bas Devos
Cinematography: Nicolas Karakatsanis
Editing: Dieter Diependaele
Cast: César De Sutter, Raf Walschaerts, Mira Helmer, Brent Minne
Producers: Tomas Leyers (Minds Meet)
Festivals & Awards
Berlinale Generation – Grand Jury Prize
Hong Kong Film Festival
Bucharest International Film Festival
Beautifully shot images speak way louder than words in this Belgian drama about a teenager’s mourning process.
If Gus Van Sant had grown up in Flanders (…) he might have directed something like Violet.
The final image, an 8-minute sequence shot, is a wonder to behold and ends the film on a perfect and perfectly poetic note.
The Hollywood Reporter