Dan Geesin and Esther Rots’ new collaboration ‘a fucked up Tribute to Motherly Love’ is a slightly absurd, contemporary black comedy about the makeability of life and a personal journey to happiness. It blends the tragedy of miscommunication with the humour of our perpetual coming of age.
The film tells the tale of Samuel Dirk, a recently divorced 48-year-old piano tuner still trying to wriggle out from under his mother’s dreams. In a playing field of crises and old habits Samuel struggles with perspectives and expectations; those of his mother Patattie, his childhood friend Edwin, Edwin’s young, curious Asian girlfriend Titty but above all his own. Even a sexually charged trip to Belgium is not enough to extinguish the fires of his mother’s expectations, ultimately boiling over with fatal consequences.
A tribute to the often misunderstood but stifling and all-sacrificing motherly love, the film blends the tragedy of miscommunication with the humour of our perpetual coming of age.
written / directed by Dan Geesin & Esther Rots
original script: Dan Geesin
writer/directors: Dan Geesin and Esther Rots
present state: Final Draft
supported by: Dutch Film Fund
A Fucked up Tribute to Motherly Love is set in the 21st century where the ‘makeability of life’, the possibility of realizing our dreams is considered as a sacred part of the Western culture. This perspective is largely unrealistic and contains a dissatisfaction that Geesin and Rots can only describe as culturally motivated. They sees this as a sort of universally amusing, lonely struggle with one’s own evolution, a humoristic tragedy.
However, the life of Samuel Dirk is in no way meant to be portrayed theatrically or magically. The film should remain ‘realistic’ throughout. The directors want to use the everyday elements in action, observation, dialogue and sound; focus in on them to create a strangeness. They want to establish an eccentric arena of absurdity that is firmly set in the rural, contemporary context of the story that develops into a dreamlike, fluent exaggeration of the sexually charged trip to Belgium, building up to Patattie’s fatally alchemic recycling.