NOTHING PERSONAL

By Urszula ANTONIAK

FAMILY AFFAIR FILMS - as PROD

First film - Completed 2009

Young vagabond woman accepts to work on her terms on an old man’s secluded farm. Their deal changes into a duel about freedom and attachment.

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • First film
    • Countries
    • NETHERLANDS, IRELAND
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Director(s)
    • Urszula ANTONIAK
    • Writer(s)
    • Urszula ANTONIAK
    • Producer(s)
    • Floor ONRUST (Family Affair Films), Reinier SELEN (Rinkel Film)
    • Synopsis
    • Anne is a Dutch girl who after throwing away all her possessions hits the road and becomes a vagabond. She prefers Nature rather than people. Martin is an Irish man who lives on a secluded farm in Ireland. What connects them is solitude they both see as freedom.

      He proposes her to stay on his farm and work in exchange of food and shelter. She agrees on one condition: there will be no personal contact between them, no questions, and no small talk.

      She is radical and uncompromising. He is wise and ironic. He would like to be like her – who can leave any time she wants. She would like to be like him – who lives on his farm like on a lonely island. Their life on the farm reminds coexistence of two organisms that don’t communicate but follow a cycle of days and nights, work and rest.

      Slowly they become curious about each other and want both: to keep the deal and to break it. Martin knows that breaking the deal and becoming personal may result in Anne leaving the farm. For Anne showing any interest in Martin will equal compromising her radical freedom, which she defines as staying alone and refusing contact with people.

      How to communicate without saying anything personal? How to know someone without asking questions? How to express feelings without using words?
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