‘They fuck you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to but they do. They fill you with the faults they had and add some extra, just for you.’
This beginning of the poem by Philip Larkin touches upon the core questions in the film. Filmmaker Klaartje Quirijns turns the camera on herself to explore the powerful dynamics of her own family relationships and the way they have shaped her life.
While living in New York twenty years ago, Klaarte Quirijns began filming her friend Michael Moskowitz in the most secret place: in the therapy room with psychoanalyst Kirkland Vaughans. After having witnessed this process for years, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 which led to the unraveling of existential questions. She decided to turn the camera on herself, her family and unspoken trauma. A story for everyone who wonders how to deal with family and with life itself.
After the film screening De Balie programme editor Sherin Seyda will enter into conversation with director Klaartje Quirijns.