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Emmy

Netherlands, 1989 (MIFF 1990, Fiction)

Director: Rudd Schuitemaker

This is a child's eye view of death. Emmy's Grandmother dies and we watch her deal with it. Emmy does not seem sad, she is as interested in her grandmother in death as she was when she was alive.

It is an interesting film because of the matter of fact outlook on death, its acceptance of death as a natural part of life and its naive and innocent perspective. The film handles the issue delicately and with a certain lightness not usually characteristic of films about death (most films play up the sorrow and not the celebration of life that has been). It is also almost a silent film, in that the dialogue is minimal, and therefore it is a film which is certainly accessible to all, regardless of the language they speak.

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