Archive of films Thomas in Love / Thomas est amoureux

Belgium / France
2000, 92 min

Section: Forum of Independents
Year: 2001


Thirty-two-year-old Thomas suffers from agoraphobia - he is afraid of open spaces. This makes his life unbearable. He stopped working eight years previously, invested all his money and now lives in a luxurious apartment which he never leaves. He never sees anyone, at least not in the flesh: his sole means of communication are his videophone and computer. After eight years of unsuccessful treatment, Thomas’ therapist decides to intervene in his patient’s life and, in spite of his protests, enrols Thomas in a lonely hearts’ club. But Thomas has no need for company, and he certainly has no desire to get married or even fall in love. Why can’t people just leave him alone? This absurd black comedy is a must for all fans of virtual reality!

About the director

Pierre-Paul Renders (b. 1963, Brussells) studied classical philology at the University of Louvain and filmmaking at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion at Louvain-la-Neuve. He has made numerous videos, documentaries and shorts. Thomas in Love is his first feature film.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents
Director: Pierre-Paul Renders
Screenplay: Philippe Blasband
Dir. of Photography: Virginie Saint-Martin
Music: Igor Sterpin
Editor: Ewin Ryckaert
Producer: Diana Elbaum
Production: Entre Chien et Loup
Cast: Benoit Verhaert, Magali Pinglaut, Aylin Yay, Micheline Hardy, Alexandre von Sivers

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