Porselein

  • 90'
  • Netherlands
  • 2019

The lives of Anna, Paul and their young son Thomas look perfect – from the outside. Paul has a well-paid, demanding career, Anna has a studio at home where she works with porcelain and Thomas is a angelic child. They have money, friends and each other. But when Thomas bites one of his friends at school, the first cracks appear in the glossy exterior of this 'perfect' life.

It marks the start of a long, frustrating search for the cause of their son's aggression: a process that mercilessly exposes the frailties they each carefully hide and prompts the parents to take desperate measures – even calling in the help of an almost complete stranger.

Jenneke Boeijink's fiction feature debut builds the tension painstakingly from the start; from the very first moment the camera zooms in from high above Rotterdam's multi-storey housing to this family's house. The psychological drama carried by actress Laura de Boer, Flemish actor Tom Vermeir and young Neathan van der Gronden demonstrates just how fragile happiness can be.

Part of RTM, the Rotterdam selection.

Director
Jenneke Boeijink
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
Netherlands
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
90'
Medium
DCP
International title
Porcelain
Languages
Dutch, Italian, English
Producers
Sander Verdonk, Julius Ponten, Thomas den Drijver
Production Company
New Amsterdam Film Company
Sales
New Amsterdam Film Company
Screenplay
Jenneke Boeijink, Thibaud Delpeut
Cinematography
Jeroen de Bruin
Editor
Dorith Vinken
Production Design
Romke Faber
Sound Design
Jan Schermer
Music
Rutger Zuydervelt
Cast
Tom Vermeir, Laura de Boer, Neathan van der Gronden, Teresa Saponangelo, Mattijn Hartemink, Peggy Vrijens, Johan Heldenbergh
Local Distributor
Gusto Entertainment