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Teen Feelings in Dost

by our Editors in Films & Books , 20 oktober 2018

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On Saturday, October 27, the Dutch television channel NPO 3 will show the movie Dost. When Alko falls in love with the touch, fifteen-year-old Marie, he practices deep kissing tentatively with his buddy Bjorn, and the lads also fantasize about sex. When Bjorn hears Alko and Marie have kissed, he’s visibly moved. From that moment on Alko only has eyes for “his” Marie.

Björn finds it hard to cope with this. When Alko consolingly throws an arm around him, Björn kisses him abruptly. The news that Alko and Björn have kissed spreads through the village like wildfire, and Alko is the one who has to suffer for it. At a certain moment he can’t restrain his desperation anymore, and he betrays his best friend. Too late Alko realizes what he’s lost, only to belong to the knot.

“Dòst” (2018) is directed by Joren Molter (1993), the first Dutchman to be selected by the European Film Promotion for “Future Frames: Ten New Directors to Follow.” He tells that for this movie he returned to the surroundings of his youth: the Groningen countryside, where “being rude is the highest attainable good.” The title is a Groningen slang exprssion for the dirt, the dust, that always sticks to you, however vigourourly you scrub - and this also in a figurative sense.

The guys in “Dòst” are staunch friends and their camaraderie seems unconditional, they often handle each other physically, and, as Molter explains, “during puberty this can suddenly get an other meaning. The impetuous physical connection Björn and Alko have, can become complicated by this. In the village there’s hardly any diversity, which makes it difficult to handle this. In my opinion Björn and Alko are victims of this stifling force.”

“We think The Netherlands are emancipated, but this is sham tolerance. There are many places where you still can’t be who you are,” says Molter.

The television screening of “Dòst” is in the Dutch language, but don’t be surprised if this movie will eventually receive the same international recognition as Mischa Kamp’s 2014 TV movie “Jongens” (Boys) about a sexually awakening gay teen athlete, who finds himself in a budding relationship with his mutually attracted relay race teammate. This movie was recently broadcasted on German television and is online also available with English subtitles.



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