For six years, Peter van Houten (whose work has been screened at IFFR more often) filmed his protagonist Jean-Marie to show how this pastor - now in his seventies - maintains the church life of 25 villages deep in the French Pyrenees. Van Houten follows him much the way a dog can follow his boss: patiently, reliably and lovingly, he continues to stay close. And he is quite right. I’ve seldom seen such a captivating ‘boss’. The strange pastor/farmer never stops talking, but does so with such a disarming honesty and spontaneity that you can’t help falling for him.
You really have to take your time - Van Houten has developed a slow cinema all of his own, with a camera that lingers more than it captures - but the investment certainly pays: For instance, with a truly beautiful declaration of love by the pastor to a local woman that lasts for several minutes.

International title
The Life of Jean-Marie
Filmmaker
Peter van Houten
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
166’
Language
Dutch, French
Producer
Peter van Houten
Production Company
Anna-Zharkov-Film
Sales
Anna-Zharkov-Film
Writer
Peter van Houten
Cinematography
Peter van Houten
Editor
Peter van Houten
Production Design
Peter van Houten
Sound Design
Rut Uijtendaal
Music
Katarzyna Ewald-Alemany
Website
http://anna-zharkov-film.com