EN - We are on a soundstage where we see Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford doing domestic tasks, filmed in typical Hollywood manner. It is almost as if they are acting themselves in a movie about their lives. Bette is doing the dishes and cleaning, Joan is scrubbing her kitchen floor and changing her outfit several times, because there ought to be the right outfit for every occasion. Marlene is found in her beloved kitchen, making French toast for loved ones. While they are doing this, we hear their voices reminiscing about memories of home. Only thing is, it is not Crawford, Davis and Dietrich doing the housework, it is the director of this film. The memories shared through the narration are also hers.

NL - Oud Hollywood, zwart-wit en soft focus. We zijn op een filmset waar we Joan Crawford, Bette Davis en Marlene Dietrich huishoudelijke taken zien verrichten. Het is haast alsof ze zichzelf spelen, in de film over hun leven. Bette stoft af en doet de afwas, Joan schrobt de keukenvloer en Marlene staat in haar geliefde keuken wentelteefjes te maken. Terwijl ze hiermee bezig zijn, horen we hun stemmen herinneringen aan hun huis ophalen. Maar het zijn niet Crawford, Davis en Dietrich, maar de filmmaakster als hen die haar huiselijke herinneringen in de monden legt van de drie Hollywoodsterren.


Title Ordinary Things
Original title Ordinary Things
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Experimental
Genre Short film
Year 2018


Cast Rachel Gruijters
Photography Lennert de Taeye
Editing Rachel Gruijters, Jasper Flikschuh
Sound Yoerik Roevens
Art director Stephanie Desmadryl
Costume Stijn van den Bulck
Makeup Rachel Gruijters

Technical specs

Running time film 12'
Release format DCP / HD
Sound format Dolby Digital 5.1
Colour Colour & black-white


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

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Last edited on 15 January 2018

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Director Rachel Gruijters
Producers Lotte Van Craeynest
Writers Rachel Gruijters

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