The cornfields are a blaze of golden yellow, the birds are singing and the meadows are full of flowers. It is glorious in the countryside, yet Katelijne dreams of being elsewhere. She is one of seven children living on a large farm in a family that abides by the rules of a Protestant sect. Her mother is a stern, dour woman. Her father is friendlier but not averse to using the back of his hand to educate his children. When their lovely grandfather dies in an accident, Katelijne is devastated. Wherever she goes she is subjected to religious indoctrination – at school, at church and at home. Music, books and fairy tales could all be the work of the devil, and women and girls chiefly belong in the kitchen. Katelijne’s most important refuge is her brother, Christiaan. She cannot wait to go to Canada with him. But her plan comes to nought when Christiaan is forced into marriage because – according to the rules of their community – he got too close to the girl in question. Director Tallulah Hazekamp Schwab’s unruffled portrait describes how Katalijne gradually breaks away from her environment until she finally celebrates her independence at her brother’s wedding.
by Tallulah Hazekamp Schwab
with Hendrikje Nieuwerf, Suzan Boogaerdt, Steven van Watermeulen, Yannick de Waal, Tom van Kessel, Marie Louise Stheins, Genio de Groot
Netherlands / Belgium 2014
empfohlen ab 12 Jahren