In a 1950s magazine, Tom Fassaert's grandmother was presented as "Marianne Hertz: Model and Perfect Mother." When he makes his father, uncle and aunt read it out loud, the smile awkwardly as their childhood was far from perfect. Her two ended up in a children's home at a young age, and the relationship with their now 95-year-old mother remains troubled. Shortly after his father broke off all contact with her, Marianne extends an to Fassaert to visit her in South Africa. He accepts in the hope of



A Family Affair | 2014

Documentary
In a 1950s magazine, Tom Fassaert’s grandmother was presented as “Marianne Hertz: Model and Perfect Mother.” When he makes his father, uncle and aunt read it out loud, the smile awkwardly as their childhood was far from …more
Director:
Tom Fassaert
Writers:
N/A
Stars:
Tom Fassaert

Company

Clin d’oeil films

Production Company

Conijn Film

Production Company

Danish Documentary

Production Company




Synopsis

In a 1950s magazine, Tom Fassaert’s grandmother was presented as “Marianne Hertz: Model and Perfect Mother.” When he makes his father, uncle and aunt read it out loud, the smile awkwardly as their childhood was far from perfect. Her two ended up in a children’s home at a young age, and the relationship with their now 95-year-old mother remains troubled. Shortly after his father broke off all contact with her, Marianne extends an to Fassaert to visit her in South Africa. He accepts in the hope of finding the missing pieces in the family history. But while Marianne eagerly embraces his interest in her, she blatantly refuses to talk about family and dismisses the very role her grandson is trying to bring into focus: that of a mother and grandmother.