Mussels in Love

L’Amour des moules

Netherlands | 2012 | 73 minutes | W.J.A. Kluijfhout

Be prepared to see shellfish erotica like you've never seen before in this documentary about the love life of the Netherlands' humble, hardy, and sexy mussel.

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Mussels in Love is a tasty documentary that reveals the love life of the Netherlands’ Zeeland mussel. The mussel’s complete life cycle is minutely examined: the mussel that loves, the mussel that holds on with all its might, and the mussel that is cast off by the storm. The Belgians and French look forward to eating them with bated breath. On its odyssey from seabed to restaurant plate, the mussel encounters passionate enthusiasts who, like itself, fall in love, struggle, and overcome. Biologist Annelies Pronker introduces us to the sex life of mussels. Then she becomes pregnant. Top chef Sergio Herman, after a love-hate relationship with the mussel, now specializes in preparing them. Gynecologist Jan Deprest uses the glue of mussels to save the lives of unborn babies. A quirky music score by Tuur Florizoone, and the orgasmic extreme close-ups of director of photography Remko Schnorr (The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology), gives this shellfish romance a look of abstract art and makes it much more than just a dry exploration of bivalves. Be prepared to see shellfish erotica like you’ve never seen before and delve deep into the love life of bibalvia mollusca, the humble, hardy, and sexy mussel.

Director Biography
Born in the Netherlands, Willemiek Kluijfhout studied Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam before graduating from the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in 2000. Mussels in Love is her first documentary.

Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, The Safeway Foundation

Director: W.J.A. Kluijfhout
Country: Netherlands
Year: 2012
Running Time: 73 minutes
Producer: Reinette van de Stadt
Cinematographers: Remko Schnorr
Editors: Dieter Diependaele, Govert Janse
Music: Tuur Florizoone
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Dutch
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Autlook Filmsales
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