Crazy

    • Heddy Honigmann
    • Netherlands
    • 1999
    • 100 min
    • Retrospective: Heddy Honigmann
    Crazy is a film about violence in which the violence itself is not explicitly shown. The film focuses on the experiences of a number of Dutch U.N. soldiers in various conflict areas around the world, and their personal accounts bring the horrors in Korea, Cambodia, Lebanon and Bosnia to life. Heddy Honigmann spoke with the Blue Berets back home in the Netherlands, and uses their own photographs and home movies from the hotbeds of violence they were in. The vehicle of their recollections is the music they played at the time, which they will forever associate with their war memories. One of them used music to drown out his fear, while another created a musical space with Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” where she could be alone with her thoughts. With a mixture of bravura and emotion, a young man tells about the perilous rides he took through “bomb alley” in Bosnia, invariably accompanied by Guns N' Roses songs at full blast. Crazy demonstrates that the Netherlands has its own Vietnam veterans – men who took their war experiences back home and are struggling to cope with them. It's a film that makes us realize the madness of war, creates doubt about the usefulness of so-called peace missions and shows the power of music as a means to survive in extremely difficult situations.

    Credits

    • 100 min
    • color
    • video
    • Spoken languages: Dutch
    Director
    Heddy Honigmann
    Production
    Pieter van Huystee for Pieter van Huystee Film
    Cinematography
    Gregor Meerman
    Editing
    Mario Steenbergen
    Sound
    Piotr van Dijk, Rik Meier

    IDFA history

    2014
    Screened
    Retrospective: Heddy Honigmann
    2011
    Screened
    Panorama
    2009
    Screened
    Audience Favorites
    1999
    Screened
    IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

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