Retrospekt

Retrospekt

2018
101 minutes
Dutch
Directed by:
Esther Rots

A brutally poetic, suspense-packed drama, “Retrospekt” tells its story through the eyes of Mette (Circé Lethem), a once-confident and successful young mother now struggling with life’s absurd purposelessness. Mette is in the final phase of a physical rehabilitation, but she can’t seem to remember anything about what caused her injuries. Employing a puzzle-like narrative approach, the film unfolds through her fractured memory. As she juggles the daily pressures of relationship, career, and motherhood, Mette hears semi-operatic voices and music and experiences fragmented daydreams of the events leading up to her accident. At home on maternity leave, Mette suffers from an increasing absence of satisfaction: Neither her family nor her job as a domestic-violence counselor provide her with a true sense of purpose. When Mette learns that former client Miller (Lien Wildemeersch) is in trouble, she seizes the opportunity to do something meaningful and invites the woman into her home, fully aware of the potential consequences. Variety calls “Retrospekt” an “intelligent, ferociously empathetic but deeply unsentimental portrait” of a woman in psychological crisis.

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