2018

Retrospekt

FEATURE FILM

About This Project

Retrospekt is a brutally poetic, suspense-packed, modern-domestic fairy tale seen through the eyes of Mette, a confidant and successful young mother, struggling with life’s absurd purposelessness.

 

Mette (Circé Lethem) is in the final phase of her rehabilitation, when one day Miller (Lien Wildemeersch) pays a visit, trying to get Mette to testify against ‘Frank’; Miller’s boyfriend who apparently put Mette in a wheelchair. Mette can’t seem to remember anything. Then, left alone and in a haze of medication and increasing anxiety, Mette has time to reminisce.

 

In an escalating puzzle-like narrative, we inhabit Mette’s consciousness and see the events in the film unfolding through her fractured memory. Trying to juggle daily pressures of relationship, career, and motherhood Mette inevitably slowly drowns in a cacophony of repercussions. Blunt, semi-operatic voices and music echo her fragmented daydreams of the events leading up to her accident.

 

Sitting at home on maternity leave, Mette is struck by the increasing absence of satisfaction that she once felt from her organized life. Both her family and job as a Domestic Violence councilor no longer provide her with a sense of purpose. When her husband Simon (Martijn van der Veen) is away on a business trip, Mette learns that a former client of hers (Miller) is in trouble. On a whim, Mette ceases the opportunity to do something ‘meaningful’ and invites Miller into her home, fully aware of the potential consequences.

 

Retrospekt is life’s sense of humor or proof many of us are living a fairy tale; it is easy to make sense of ‘it’ all in retrospect, but the chaos of everyday life blurs our vision at the point in time when decisions are made.

 

TRAILER

Status

Ready made

Release

21 February 2019

Duration

101 minutes

Director

Esther Rots

Screenplay

Esther Rots

Producer

Chantal van der Horst
Gijs van de Westelaken

Co-producer

Rots Filmwerk
Hugo Rots
Esther Rots

Co-producer

Serendipity Films
Ellen De Waele

Line producer

Reinette van de Stadt
Ingeborg Gravendeel

Distributor

Gusto Entertainment

Cast

Circé Lethem
Martijn van der Veen
Lien Wildemeersch
Teun Luijkx

Stills photographer

Sofie Silbermann
Victor Horstink

Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival 2018 Berlinale 2019

Category
Feature film, Ready made