The Sacrament (1989 film)

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The Sacrament
Directed by Hugo Claus
Produced by Paul Breuls
Patrick Conrad
Written by Hugo Claus
Starring Ann Petersen
Cinematography Gilberto Azevedo
Edited by Menno Boerema
Release dates
  • 16 November 1989 (1989-11-16)
Running time 90 minutes
Country Belgium
Language Dutch

The Sacrament (Dutch: Het sacrament) is a 1989 Belgian comedy film directed by Belgian author Hugo Claus. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film is based on Claus own novel "Omtrent Deedee" and his play "Interieur".


A family has its annual family reunion to commemorate the anniversary of mother's death. People drink and eat heavily and after a while all restrictions are lost. Family members start ventilating old frustrations, discussions and tensions. Eventually one homosexual young man gets depressed and a drama escalates.



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Sacrament". Retrieved 2009-08-07. 

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