Punks

  • Maasja Ooms
  • Netherlands
  • 2019
  • 90 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary, IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
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The parents are at their wits’ end, so a temporary supervision order is the last hope for a group of teenagers in Punks. Now, on a remote farm in France, they’re going to have to get their lives back on track, with the help of a counselor.

If they want any chance of a happy life, they need to engage in some frank and painful conversations. Mitchel has to find a way to get along with his father, but maybe too much has already happened since his mother died. Jahlano is already at the next stage: he’s no longer allowed to live with his mother, and needs to get over the disappointment. Mike, meanwhile, is struggling with his image as a boy who’s “got a screw loose.”

Filmed in constant close-up by director Maasja Ooms, the teenagers try to tame their demons with music and therapy, but problems from the past keep resurfacing. In this intimate and sincere portrait, these troubled kids show us their most vulnerable sides.

Credits

  • 90 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Dutch
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Maasja Ooms
Production
Willemijn Cerutti / Cerutti Film
Cinematography
Maasja Ooms
Editing
Sander Vos
Sound
Maasja Ooms
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IDFA history

2019
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary
IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

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