Archive of films Last Conversation / Last Conversation

Netherlands
2008, 75 min

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Year: 2009

Best known for video and installation work, Heerkens makes his feature directing debut by mounting 25 miniature cameras on a Jaguar XJS and shooting one of Europe’s finest actresses, Johanna ter Steege, in a one-sided, one-take phone conversation with the married lover who’s just jilted her.


Synopsis

Best known for video and installation work, Heerkens makes his feature directing debut by mounting 25 miniature cameras on a Jaguar XJS and shooting one of Europe’s finest actresses, Johanna ter Steege, in a one-sided, one-take phone conversation with the married lover who’s just jilted her. A successful lawyer, Anna gets a call from recent ex Laurens (de Maesschalck, heard only as a muffled voice) while she’s driving. The conversation begins fairly coldly and politely, with an undertone of bitterness that gradually develops its own bouquet as Anna allows herself to fall into habitual behaviour patterns, checking herself as they continue to talk. Heerkens’ meticulous conception and ter Steege’s stunningly nuanced performance offer a fresh, engrossing variation on the conceit essayed by Anna Magnani in Jean Cocteau’s La Voix humaine.

Contacts

Holland Harbour Productions BV
Willemskade 22, 3016 DM, Rotterdam
Netherlands
Tel: +31 102 331 400
Fax: +31 102 331 401
E-mail: ron@hollandharbour.nl
www: www.hollandharbour.nl

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
   
Director: Noud Heerkens
Screenplay: Jacqueline Epskamp, Noud Heerkens
Dir. of Photography: Richard Van Oosterhout
Editor: Merel Noten
Producer: Nadadja Kemper, Rob Vermeulen, Nico Geusebroek
Production: Holland Harbour
Cast: Johanna ter Steege
Contact: Holland Harbour Productions BV

Guests

Noud Heerkens

Film Director

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