Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
This award winning biographical drama is based on the autobiography of Dutch poet Valentine Boecke. It is also the Netherlands' entry in the Oscars. Valentine Boeck is in his twenties and has already become a cult figure in Dutch coffeehouses. He is not only famed for his writing, but also, for his militant non-conformity and drug usage. His life's motto is simply that all actions must be followed by a reaction. Boecke was raised by a dictatorial father whom Boecke rebelled against. While it became the source of many great poems, it also made normal relationships and emotions difficult for him. He had a life changing event when he met Mieke the teacher who encouraged him when he was young. He meets her again after her life has taken a downward spiral of alcoholism and internalized rage. He is drawn to her and they make passionate love. She disappears, but then returns a few months later--pregnant. He then must deal with his conflicting emotions, that of paternity and entrapment.
poet, activism, addiction, alcoholism, pregnancy, rage, rebel, romance