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 date
  • 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. The film was selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 62nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2]


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 venting old frustrations, discussions and tensions. Eventually one homosexual young man gets depressed and a drama escalates.


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  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Sacrament". Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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