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Running Time: 110 minutes
Language: Dutch with English subtitles
Venue: Playhouse Theater [40 Main Street]
Cast: Evelyne Brochu, Zuri François, Eriq Ebouaney, Arieh Worthalter, Johan Leysen
Showtime: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 07:45 PM
Director: Nathalie Teirlinck
Description: When Alice’s ex-boyfriend dies in a car accident, she’s unexpectedly confronted with her six-year-old son, whom she had abandoned at birth. His presence not only threatens her routine existence as a luxury escort but also exposes strongly suppressed emotions. Doubt strikes again.
Will she be able to be a mother this time? ‘Past Imperfect’ tells the touching but heartwarming story of Alice and Robin. Divided between the fear of intimacy and the desire for security, Alice tries to take on her role as a parent. But what does the tie of blood mean in the absence of a shared past? Can love win over fear? A deeply human portrait of two lost souls, of the destabilizing but also tender battle to find each other and oneself.
"For me, the power of a narrative lies as much in ‘how’ as in ‘what’ is being related. That is why I deem staging and the composition of image and sound to be equally important. This manifests itself in all aspects of the film: the symbolic meaning of the locations that reflect Alice’s state of mind; the routines that are conveyed through repetitive patterns in the sound, which slowly splinter once Robin appears; the recurring motifs of ‘standing still versus moving’, which include treadmills, timer lights and elevator doors, and finally, the eye of the camera that conveys growing human warmth conveyed by increasingly mobile images. In short, what I want to make tangible is that which slowly slides beneath the surface and finally implodes completely. The truth that lies in that which is hidden. This gives spectators the space for their own experience and reflection. I find it interesting to also work with the spectator and hope to encourage them to take part in an adventure that challenges them both intellectually and emotionally."
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