The Grown-Ups

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DOCVILLE 2017 is voorbij, de volgende editie is gepland tussen 21-29 maart 2018. Onderstaande informatie slaat op de editie van 2017.
DOCVILLE 2017 has passed, the next edition will be March 21-29th 2018. The information below refers to the 2017 edition.

The Grown-Ups

Directed by Maite Alberdi
Chili, The Netherlands | 80 min. | Spanish (English subtitled)

Anita, Rita, Ricardo and Andres have passed the age of 40, but they are still attending school. They go to a special school for children with Down syndrome. They are ready to stand on their own two feet but their surroundings do not know what to do with their personal desires. Director Maite Alberdi observed the 'young adults' in their surroundings with great empathy and compassion and interlaces the story of their growing frustration along with some comical, loving moments.

Anita and Andres are in love and want to get married and have a baby. But like Rita and Ricardo, they are still going to a special school, where they are being prepared to be 'responsible'. They wish to live independently, get a job they like and have chosen themselves, and want to get married to the man or woman they love dearly. But there are many obstacles between their dreams, hopes and wishes and the harshness and complexity of reality. They have reached the age and maturity to fantasize about a future, but lack the financial and emotional baggage to fully achieve their goals.
The title of the film somewhat reveals the light touch with which this loaded subject is discussed. It is not the first documentary of Albredi, last year she was nominated for a European Film Award with short documentary I'm not from here.

About the director(s)



Producer Maite Alberdi, Denis Vaslin
Cinematography Pablo Valdés
Music Miguel Miranda