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by Willemiek Kluijfhout


The Belgians look forward to it with bated breath, just like top chef Sergio Herman and mussel breeder Henk. Along with many others. The start of the mussel season. But how does this shell fish end up on our plates? And why do we love it so? In L’Amour des Moules light is shed on the life of the Zeeland mussel in an intimate, down-to-earth manner. We get observe its complete life cycle: the mussel that loves, the mussel that holds on with all its might, and the mussel that is cast off by the storm. On its way, the mussel encounters passionate enthusiasts who also fall in love, struggle and overcome. Biologist Annelies introduces us to the the sexual habitat of mussels. Then she becomes pregnant – by the mussel man. Top chef Sergio, after a love-hate relationship with the shell fish, now specialises in preparing it. Gynaecologist Jan uses the glue mussels makes to save the lives of unborn babies. And then there’s the phenomenom of the mussel princess.

international title: Mussels in Love
original title: L'Amour des Moules
country: Netherlands, Belgium
year: 2012
genre: documentary
directed by: Willemiek Kluijfhout
film run: 73'
screenplay: Willemiek Kluijfhout
cinematography by: Remko Schnorr
film editing: Dieter Diependaele, Govert Janse
music: Tuur Florizoone
producer: Reinette van de Stadt
production: Stichting Trueworks, Associate Directors
backing: Dutch Film Fund, Media Fund and Flanders Audiovisual Fund, B-Architects, Omroep Zeeland, Provincie Zeeland, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfond
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