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Michel, Actor Loses the Words

Overview

Genre
Human Interest, Contemporary Issues, Biography, Arts, and Personal Doc
Synopsis

In 2014 actor Michel van Dousselaere (Gent, 1948) was diagnosed with a rare form of progressive aphasia, a brain disorder that affects the language center. The film shows how he deals with this loss of language and of the profession he practiced for more than 30 years. Against all odds Michel takes on one last role. His wife Irma Wijsman helps him to find new ways of expression and to stay focused. In their search, friends and colleagues draw close and talk about the unimaginable situation of no longer being able to grasp the words that elusively disappear. Showing the events in the first years after the diagnosis, the film makes clear how language defines our identity and what it means to redefine oneself. But foremost the film shows two powerful people who take control over a dramatic turn in their life. Acknowledging the sorrow with humor and undying love.

Stage
finished
Running time
82 minutes

Credits

  • Patrick Minks ... Writer/Director/Producer
  • Irma Wijsman ... Director/Producer

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Timecut Films
Country
Netherlands
Years of Production
2018
Prod. Partners
De Zaak Wijsman

Distribution Details

Release year
2018
Festivals
Docville, Dutch Film Festival
Distribution
Theatrical release Netherlands, Belgium
Broadcast (Acq.)
NTR (Dutch Public Broadcasting)
Language
Dutch, Flemish
Subtitles
English, French

Photos

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