Synopsis: John Halder is a 'good' and decent individual with family problems: a neurotic wife, two demanding children and a mother suffering from senile dementia. A literary professor, Halder explores his personal circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia. When the book is unexpectedly enlisted by powerful political figures in support of government propaganda, Halder finds his career rising in an optimistic current of nationalism and prosperity. Seemingly inconsequential decisions lead to choices, which lead to more choices... with eventually devastating effect.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Vicente Amorim
Production: ThinkFilm
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

but also from your curriculum.

- Which authors did you have in mind?

- Proust for a start.

- Because he's French?

- John, please, don't be obtuse.

What if I refuse to comply?

Then I would have no

option but to dismiss you.



Isaw your light was on. I was just coming

out of the library. I need your advice.

I'm Anne, by the way. Anne

Hartman. I come to your lectures.

Yes, I've noticed you...

but you're not on my course.

Probably wondering who I was.

Or maybe you weren't.

History... that's what I'm supposed

to be doing but I don't know why.

I just can't see what it

has to do with anything.

Sitting all day in some stuffy lecture

theatre listening to some boring old...

That's not what I mean. Your lectures

- that's why I'm here.

You make them all come alive.

I heard what you said

to Professor Mandelstam.

I wish more people would stand

up for what they believe in.

- And what do you believe in, Miss Hartman?

- That's just it.

I know what I like, I know what's

good, I feel it passionately.

But when it comes to ideas,

they just don't seem real.

Maybe that's why you're

here. At university, I mean.

- To try and connect that passion.

- Did it work for you?

I hope so.

Yes, I think so.

This is what I believe in.


Does make me sound

rather fusty, doesn't it?

Perhaps you're right. What do a load

of old books have to do with life?

Who knows? It might be liberating

just to chuck them all out.

Make a fresh start.

And here I am writing another one.

Adding to the pile.

- What's it about? Your novel.

- Oh.

- A man who kills his wife.

- Oh!

Because he loves her,

you understand? Erm...

- She's incurably ill.

- How awful.

Yes, I know, really. Whoever is going

to want to read something so depressing?

How awful about the poor woman, I mean.

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