Met mes

  • 79'
  • Netherlands
  • 2022

The unrelenting words ‘with a knife’ change everything. A TV personality is briefly distracted whilst filming her pet project – ‘a warm, endearing portrait of society’ – only to discover her camera is gone. The police, however, hardly take her report seriously and the insurance company doesn’t want to pay out – until she lies, saying it was a robbery involving ‘a knife’. Which immediately has huge consequences for Yousef, the young suspect.

Director Sam de Jong makes visually effervescent films, as was shown by his debut, Prins (2015), and Goldie (2019), filmed in America. In Met mes, everything is in overdrive: from the musical score to the striking camera angles and movements, from the synthetic shell suits and green eyeliner, to the game show sound effects intended to emphasise emotions. The colour filter creates a world of candy cane tones, a neon 1980s video fantasy in which Hadewych Minis wears dental braces and Gijs Naber has a rat tail haircut.

In this artificial environment, actor Shahine El-Hamus's portrayal of teenager Yousef has something vulnerable about it, under his ever-changing hair colour. He is surrounded by all manner of respectable adults, who don’t want to hear his side of the story or just act in their own self-interest. Using subdued humour, De Jong tells a story of hypocrisy and stigmatisation. One that is painfully common, but, if you think about it, at least as surreal as the absurdist visuals.

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Available on Festival Scope Pro from 26 January 9:00 CET to 14 February 9:00 CET



Director
Sam de Jong
Country of production
Netherlands
Production Year
2022
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
79'
Medium
DCP
Language
Dutch
Producers
Erik Glijnis, Leontine Petit
Production Company
Lemming Film
Sales
Lemming Film
Screenplay
Sam de Jong
Cinematography
Emo Weemhoff
Editor
Mieneke Kramer
Production Design
Myrte Beltman
Sound Design
Vincent Sinceretti
Music
Marco Sterk
Cast
Hadewych Minis, Shahine El Hamus, Nils Verkooijen, Gijs Naber, Roeland Fernhout, Maas Bronkhuyzen, Oussama Ahammoud, Tim Linde
Local Distributor
Gusto Entertainment