EN - Documentary filmmaker Maris De Smedt spent a year capturing the lives of 18-year-old triplets; Claire, Michelle and Vincent. They were born in that order and seem likely die in this order as well as the two girls suffer from cystic fibrosis. Claire’s death causes an abrupt and heart-breaking end to their trinity. Michelle and Vincent are left, forever in search of the lost whole.

FR - La documentariste Maris De Smedt a passé une année entière (avril ’09 – avril ’10) a filmer la vie de triplés de 18 ans : Claire, Michelle et Vincent. Ils sont nés dans cet ordre, et mourront plus que probablement dans cet ordre également. Les deux filles souffrent de la mucoviscidose, une maladie incurable. La mort de Claire entraîne la fin abrupte et déchirante du trio. Michelle et Vincent restent en vie, à jamais à la recherche de l’unité perdue.

« Claire, moi et mon frère. C’est l’ordre dans lequel nous sommes nés et très probablement celui dans lequel nous mourrons. » Michelle

« Ma respiration est différente de la vôtre.  Plongez-vous dans l’eau et essayez de respirer à travers une paille... c’est exactement ce que je ressens, à chaque nouvelle respiration... » Claire

« Je suis celui en bonne santé. Je devrais être celui qui est heureux. » Vincent


Title Claire, Me and My Brother
Original title Claire, ik en mijn broer
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2010


Cast Claire Geudens, Michelle Geudens, Vincent Geudens, Viviane Maeyninckx
Editing Mario Appeltants
Music Stan Nieuwenhuis

Technical specs

Running time film 53'
Release format Beta Digit
Sound format Maris De Smedt
Colour Colour


Supported by

Canvas, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

Beginning at the End

Death comes to all of us, but remains a taboo subject for many people. Three Flemish documentary filmmakers have ventured into this sensitive territory and emerged with striking films about the end of life. They discuss the challenges of documenting death.

Text Ian Mundell

Still Claire, Me And My BrotherAll three filmmakers had personal reasons for beginning their projects. 'When I was very young I was scared of death,' says Maris De Smedt, whose film Claire, Me and My Brother follows the last months of a teenage girl. 'I would wake up worried about when I was going to die, and worry if my heart was still beating. I wanted to make a film about being confronted with death, so that perhaps I could live with another idea of it in the future.'

Similar anxieties motivated Nathalie Basteyns, whose film Still is about suicide. 'As a child I always feared that someone I loved would go away,' she recalls. 'Suicide was even worse, because I think it is a very lonely act.'

For Manno Lanssens the impetus came from seeing his grandmother's difficult final year. 'It was not a very nice way to die, so I asked myself: is there a good way to die? And that was the start of the project.' His documentary Epilogue, which received its world première at Visions du Réel in Nyon, follows a woman with terminal cancer as she spends her last months at home, surrounded by her family.

Published on Friday 29 July 2011

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Director Maris De Smedt
Producers Kris Gaens, Erik Van Berendoncks
Writers Maris De Smedt

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