Samira Maas, Coosje Smid, Dragan Bakema


Eighteen-year-old Joy doesn’t know who her birth mother is. She was abandoned as a newborn and grew up in various orphanages. Her life is hard and Joy suffers the lack of family ties. Her friend Moumou tries to understand her but at bottom Joy’s state of mind and problems are beyond him since he comes from a big family and can’t conceive of Joy’s existential solitude. Instead, the girl is profoundly convinced that she will never be truly happy until she and her mother are reunited. When she learns that Denise, her best friend, is expecting a baby, her conviction becomes an obsession. She manages to get the address of her mother, who lives quite far away, and travels there on a bus. When she discovers her with a daughter she doesn’t dare approach her. She repeats her attempts. Will she one day manage to get a little closer to her mother?

The filmmaker


Mijke de Jong was born in Rotterdam in 1959. Studied at the Dutch Film and Television Academy (NFTA) from 1983. In 1989 created a film for her diploma, In krakende weltstand. Her second film, Hartverscheurend, won numerous kudos. Her film for children, Bluebird won the Glass Bear at the Berlinale in 2005. Afterwards she crea­ted various films for cinema and television, including Tussenstand (2007) and Het zusje van Katia (2008), both shown at the Locarno Festival.

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