08 19 Oct '24

Hugo Claus

Het sacrament

94' - 1989 - Drama, Comedy - Dialogue: Dutch
Director: Hugo Claus Composer: Frédéric Devreese With: Jan Decleir, Ann Petersen, Hugo Vandenberghe, Carl Ridders, Frank Aendeboom, An De Donder, Chris Lomme, Blanka Heirman
Every year, the Heylen family gathers to commemorate their mother's death. This year's reunion takes place in the vicarage where Natalie Heylen is the Deedee's -the priest's -housekeeper. Originally, the meeting goes off rather wel!. They attend mass, visit the grave-yard and sit down for a mea!. The only spanner in the works is Claude, a hyper nervous young man who has just been dismissed from an institution. His relationship with the priest, though based on affection, manifests itself in agressive flashes. Due to the excessive food and drink, the latent grudges and disagreements come to the surface. Playing charades after dinner degenerates into a series of absurd, comical and bitter scenes resulting in a chaotic outburst of feelings. Claude, the only one in search for purity, tragically pays the bill.

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Credits

Director

Hugo Claus

Composer

Frédéric Devreese

With

Jan Decleir, Ann Petersen, Hugo Vandenberghe, Carl Ridders, Frank Aendeboom, An De Donder, Chris Lomme, Blanka Heirman

Scenario

Hugo Claus

Director of Photography

Gilberto Azevedo

Editor

Menno Boerema

More information

Dialogue

Dutch

Countries of production

Belgium

Screenplay based on

Omtrent Deedee, boek van Hugo Claus

Year

1989

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