Belgium 2020, 75 min, French, Hebrew & English subtitles
At 43 years old, Damien is still mommy’s little boy, and mommy puts her heart and soul into keeping him safe. This handsome, articulate, and talented man has spent his entire life in a tiny village in Belgium, working odd jobs, daydreaming, and struggling to recover from a twenty-year-long heroin addiction.
Damien and his mother keep trying to protect each other. Their conversations—direct and matter of fact but also intimate, loving, and humorous—revolve around the drugs and the damage they have done to Damien’s life. He visits often, she cooks, he periodically disappears and she goes looking for him in scary places. Damien is having a hard time letting go of his past and of feeling like an outsider, but his mother Ysma does not give up on him.
With the support of the Embassy of Belgium
Previous Festivals: Berlinale