EN - Frans Buyens's moving and inventive film is based on his own autobiographical novel, which deals in the most sensitive terms possible with the subject of euthanasia. In this case, of his own parents. Frans's brother is caught in a fire during a party, and dies from his burns. His parents, beautifully played by Dora van der Groen and Senne Rouffaer, never recover from the shock - the father almost literally languishes away from heartbreak, the mother contracts cancer. Both want to die at peace. It took years for Buyens to get his film off the ground, and the effort shows: it's a work of terrible, beautiful simplicity.

FR - Le film émouvant et inventif de Frans Buyen est inspiré de son propre roman autobiographique, qui traite du sujet de l’euthanasie de la manière la plus sensible. Dans ce cas-ci, de ses propres parents. Le frère de Frans est pris dans un incendie lors d’une soirée, et succombe à ses blessures. Ses parents, rôles magnifiquement joués par Dora van der Groen et Senne Rouffaer, ne se remettront jamais du traumatisme. Le père languit presque littéralement de sa souffrance et la mère contracte le cancer. Tous deux veulent mourir en paix. Il a fallu des années à Buyens pour créer son film, et ses efforts en témoignent : un travail d’une belle et intense simplicité.

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Title Less Dead Than The Others
Original title Minder dood dan de anderen
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Category Features
Year 1991

Credits

Cast Dora Van der Groen, Senne Rouffaer, Koen De Bouw, Mia Van Roy, Miet Defraene
Photography Guido Van Rooy
Editing Lydia Chagoll, Greta Thijs
Costume Didi Alder
Music Brian Clifton

Technical specs

Running time film 100’
Release format 35mm

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Director Frans Buyens
Producers Frans Buyens
Writers Frans Buyens
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