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Helmer, a single farmer in his fifties, lives with his aged, bedridden father in the Dutch countryside. His working days are marked by the visits of milk collector Johan, a man of his own age for whom Helmer holds a secret fascination. One day Helmer decides to renovate the house, buying himself a new double bed and moving his father upstairs. His life gains even more momentum, when adolescent farmhand Henk comes to help him out.

“As the title suggests, “It’s All So Quiet” is characterised by silence. Instinctively capturing the melancholic essence of Nanouk Leopold’s story, cinematographer Frank van den Eeden brings an ambient beauty to this reflection on loneliness and sexuality. Dedicated to lead actor Jeroen Willems, who sadly died after filming, this thoughtful and poignant film serves as a fitting testament to a talent lost all too soon.” – Michael Blyth, London FF

The Netherlands, Germany 2013