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Het Afscheid

Directed by Roland Verhavert
Belgium, Netherlands, 1966


Pierre (Julien Schoenaerts) is a wireless operator on a moored ship in the harbour of Antwerp. Every day, he has to show up to the the harbour, without ever knowing whether the ship will sail out that day or not. Saying goodbye to his wife every morning soon leads to doubt and melancholy.

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Farewells Directed by Roland Verhavert

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  • RVDB's rating of the film Farewells

    As a more fleshed-out version of 'Seagulls Die in the Harbour', this novel adaption deals with pretty much the same kind of existential restlessness, again with the Antwerp harbour as melancholy backdrop. Every time a character mentions 'giving up', the black void informing their actions becomes eerily palpable. Far from perfect, e.g. the all too mechanical flashbacks, but a hidden Belgian gem nonetheless.

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