By Mijke DE JONG


Drama - Completed 2014

Frailer tells the story of an actress playing a part that reflects her real life story. The film follows the transition of her and her film sisters, shifting from their characters to who they really are, actresses dealing with their friend upcoming death.

& Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2014
Official Selection
Nederlands Film Festival , Utrecht 2014
Vilnius International Film Festival 2015
Festival International de Films de Femmes, Creteil 2015
Cleveland International Film Festival 2015
International Frauen Festival 2015
European Film Selection, South Africa 2015
Seattle international Film Festival 2015
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • DUTCH
    • Duration
    • 89 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mijke DE JONG
    • Producer(s)
    • Ellen HAVENITH (PRPL), Frans VAN GESTEL (Topkapi Films), Arnold HESLENFELD (Topkapi Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Muis gathers her sisters Ted, Carlos and Lian around her when her lung cancer is stated as terminal. Powerless, with great humour and in deep sorrow they struggle with the inevitable. Between loving gestures and endearing attempts to make most of life while it’s still there, rough edges of the sisters’ characters are uncovered. The differences between their four personalities surface when they try to prepare for the irrevocable loss they are facing. They deal with the upcoming death silently, witty, unreasonable and loud, painfully honest, together and alone.

      Frailer tries to grasp their journey by exploring the boundaries between fiction and reality. It captures the way we face death and shows the anguishing realness of an involuntary farewell. It makes Frailer an unforgettable honest film, unlike a film you’ve ever seen before.