AKA: Little Sister
Directed by: Robert Jan Westdijk
Starring: Kim van Kooten (Daantje), Romijn Conen (Martijn), Roeland Fernhout (Ramon), Hannah Risselada (Little Daantje), Michael Münninghoff (Little Martijn)
Country: Netherlands; Effed Up European Cinema
Language: Dutch; Effed Up Dutch Films
Plot – Spoilers:
Martijn appears unannounced at his sister Daantje’s place on the eve of her 20th birthday after being away for several years. Daantje is awkward, bordering on hostile initially, and Martijn doesn’t help things by insisting on recording her every move with his handheld camera.
Martijn uses his camera as an aggressive voyeur as he follows Daantje everywhere, while also insisting that she watch some tapes from their childhood. The tapes contain a taboo family secret that she doesn’t seem interested in squaring up to after all these years.
Zusje is a handheld-cam film as we watch everything through Martijn’s camera and we are therefore in a sense slaves to his perspective. Until a switch happens. A little aside here is how a person’s sense of wellbeing can change when they go from being the one in control recording others, to the one being recorded.