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It's All So Quiet 12 rating

Reflective calm and ambient beauty suffuse this tale of silent sexuality, as a lonely farmer’s quiet existence is interrupted by desire.

Drama 2013 91 mins

Director: Nanouk Leopold


Fifty-something Helmer lives with his ailing father on a remote farm in the Dutch countryside. Deciding he needs some personal space, Helmer moves his father upstairs, buys himself a double bed and renovates the ground floor to create his own makeshift apartment. As he attempts to carve some kind of life for himself, a series of encounters with a young farm hand and a middle-aged milk truck driver awaken within him desires he has tried hard to repress.

As the title suggests, It’s All So Quiet is characterised by silence. Instinctively capturing the melancholic essence of Gerbrand Bakker's novel, director Nanouk Leopold and cinematographer Frank van den Eeden bring an ambient beauty to this reflection on loneliness and sexuality. Dedicated to lead actor Jeroen Willems, who sadly died after filming, this thoughtful and poignant film serves as a fitting testament to a talent lost all too soon.