Crepuscule

Director: Maartje Seyferth & Victor Nieuwenhuijs
2000

Crepuscule is a beautiful old word for dusk. Or maybe a little more than just dusk: the moment dusk becomes night. The film is in black & white because only black & white seems to reach towards that what is preceding the darkness. In the film the darkness reaches towards a young woman. Or better: a girl. A silent, supple and beautiful girl. We are allowed to see her. See her all the way when she explores her body. Bravely performed by actress Nellie Brenner, discovered as a newcoming talent.

She enters the city and the film, being introvert and inside herself. The film follows the girl closely. But alone in her room, she has no shame in front of the camera. She shows herself. She dances. In fact, she is stripping. She works as a gas-station attendant and nobody seems to notice her. She stays silent. But in spite of her silence, she is noticed by an older man of the sort that seems to be all over any city. Actor Titus Muizelaar embodies the threat without any problem. And also he does not need any words. In the end the dusk becomes darkness. The attractive jazzy music (by Pierre Bastien) becomes more and more menacing and the city more disturbing.

The girl dreams up a gun and then of course we are close to Godard, but there the film wanted to be from the start. To be film and film alone.

Credits: Cast / Nellie Brenner, Titus Muizelaar, Rietje Janssens, Arie van Dok, Maarten Wijsmuller, Philippe de Voogdt

Directed by / Maartje Seyferth & Victor Nieuwenhuijs
Music / Pierre Bastien, Hansko Visser, Plan Kruutntoone
DOP / Victor Nieuwenhuijs