An Angel in Doel.
(DE ENGEL VAN DOEL)
An Amstelfilm release of a SNG production, in association with Cinete Film-producties.
Produced by Digna Sinke, Willem Thijssen.
Directed, written by Tom Fassaert. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), Feb. 16, 2011. Running tile: 76 MIN.
With: Emilienne Driessen, Kristiaan Verstraete.
A headstrong widow defiantly decides to stay on in a Belgian village that's about to be erased from the map in "An Angel in Doel," the feature debut of Dutch documaker Tom Fassaert. Shot in mournful black-and-white, the intimate film sketches the lives and forced departures, by car or by coffin, of the last few Doel inhabitants, with the charmingly mulish Emilienne Driessen a standout long before she's the last one standing. Seventy-six-minute pic, interspersed with melancholy shots of the abandoned parish, will go out in the Netherlands March 31, and could easily be repackaged for one-hour TV slots elsewhere.