HUNTING & SONS
Director: Sander Burger
Feature film | NL | 2010
93 min | Dolby SRD
44th Hof International Film Festival
After his father has passed away, Tako returns from Amsterdam to Den Oever to take over the cycle shop. He goes back to the life he had escaped from, back to his old friends, to the shop, and to the girl who’s in love with him since school. He successfully convinces himself that this is where he belongs, that he can be happy here.
But Tako and Sandra shouldn’t have married. The only things they have in common are superficialities and material prosperity. The interior of their house, made up of furniture and trinkets from chain stores, reflects the lacking passion in their relationship. They both work hard – Sandra at an employment agency and Tako in the cycle shop – yet hardly communicate.
The problems increase when Sandra gets pregnant. Though their families are overjoyed, the gap between Tako’s and Sandra’s lives widens. When Sandra turns out to have an eating disorder which she so far managed to hide from those around her, their relationship is stretched to the limit. Tako grows increasingly desperate and finally makes a drastic decision to protect their unborn child – with terrible consequences.