Feature Film (1h 29min), directed by Mijke de Jong.
Original title: Brozer
Muis gathers her sisters Ted, Carlos and Lian around her when her lung cancer is stated as terminal. Powerless, with great humour and in deep sorrow they struggle with the inevitable. Between loving gestures and endearing attempts to make most of life while it’s still there, rough edges of the sisters’ characters are uncovered. The differences between their four personalities surface when they try to prepare for the irrevocable loss they are facing. They deal with the upcoming death silently, witty, unreasonable and loud, painfully honest, together and alone.
Frailer tries to grasp their journey by exploring the boundaries between fiction and reality. It captures the way we face death and shows the anguishing realness of an involuntary farewell. It makes Frailer an unforgettable honest film, unlike a film you’ve ever seen before.
A film by: Mijke de Jong, Jolein Laarman, Leonoor Pauw, Marnie Blok, Adelheid Roosen, Lieneke le Roux, Ton Peters, Dorith Vinken & Ellen Havenith
Producers: Frans van Gestel & Arnold Heslenfeld (Topkapi Films), Ellen Havenith
Distributor: Cinemien (Benelux)
Supported by: The Netherlands Film Fund, CoBO, Crowdfunding: Stichting Ongeremd Delen
In co-production with: VPRO & HUMAN
Selected for: Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2014 – Canada, Netherlands Film Festival (NFF) 2014, Vilnius Filmfestival 2015 – Lithuania, Film de Femmes Creteil 2015 – France, Cleveland International Film Festival 2015, International Womens Festival Dortmund/Cologne – Germany 2015, The European Union Film Festival 2015 – South Africa, Seattle International Film Festival (Women in Cinema) 2015 – Canada, Cairo International Women’s Film Festival 2016 – Egypt, Philadelphia Film Society: First View – 2016, USA.
Read about TIFF’s opinion on Frailer here