CALIMUCHO

By Eugenie JANSEN

EYE FILM INSTITUTE NETHERLANDS - as PROMO

Drama - Completed 2008

A young woman is walking the tightrope of family loyalities in a small circus on the verge of breakdown. The film was shot in an existing circus during its summer tour along Dutch campings.

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Drama, Documentary
    • Countries
    • NETHERLANDS
    • Languages
    • DUTCH, GERMAN
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Eugenie JANSEN
    • Writer(s)
    • Natasha GERSON, Rogier DE BLOK
    • Producer(s)
    • Stienette BOSKLOPPER (Circe Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Calimucho by Dutch filmmaker Eugenie Jansen, was shot during the 2007 summer tour of circus Harlekino. All roles in the film are played by the artists of the circus.
      Story:
      Dicky bears the full weight of the small, financially unstable family circus Harlekino on her shoulders. She has an ambivalent relationship with her brother-in-law Willy, who is the widower of Dicky’s deceased sister Jena. Dicky takes care of Willy’s little son Timo, and treats him as if he is her own son.
      When Willy’s parents suggest Timo should go to a boarding-school to get a normal education, Dicky is very upset. She cannot understand why Willy doesn’t support her and why he thinks of putting his son away.
      Young Moroccan tent builder Tarek has just arrived to work in the circus. Because Willy drinks a lot and often gets aggressive, Dicky spends more and more time in Tarek’s company.
      Slowly but surely, the faltering relationships start disrupting the circus. Dicky realises that she must make a drastic choice. This is not the choice between the two men in her life, but between her love for little Timo, her loyalty to her family and the circus, and her own personal freedom.
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