• Maria Ramos
    • Netherlands
    • 2000
    • 90 min
    • 25 years Highlights of the Lowlands
    Desi is a cheerful 11-year-old who goes to school every day and has fun with her classmates. She seems a lot like the other girls, but when the bell rings and all the other children go home, Desi stays behind with her cell phone in hand. This is because she still has to figure out where she is going to sleep. Her mother died when Desi was just a baby, and her father Harry, an unemployed slacker, lives together with his girlfriend Esther on a dirty houseboat. Desi has her own room there, but she is not always welcome, and Harry and Esther argue all the time. She can also sleep at her paternal grandmother's house or her maternal grandfather's place, but she prefers to spend the night at her best friend's. This is the way Desi's life is. It wasn't her idea, but she never complains - she only wonders about things. She listens as her father tells her what happened to her mother, and she and her grandpa look at old pictures of her mom. Director Maria Ramos follows Desi closely but never intervenes. No questions are asked, and there are no voice-overs. In this way, we are gradually introduced to Desi's everyday life, which seems completely ordinary to the girl.


    • 90 min
    • color
    • video
    Maria Ramos
    Pieter van Huystee for Pieter van Huystee Film
    Adri Schrover
    Stefan Kamp
    Simone Galavazi

    IDFA history

    25 years Highlights of the Lowlands
    Audience Favorites
    IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

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