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Sheep Hero
© Newton Film / SeriousFilm
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Ton van Zantvoort

IMAGE

Ton van Zantvoort

SON

Iris van de Rijt, Annerose Langeveld, Olivier Nijs

MONTAGE

Ton van Zantvoort

MUSIQUE ORIGINALE

Roy Bemelmans

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Newton Film, SeriousFilm, KRO-NCRV

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

Films Transit International Inc

ISAN : ISAN 0000-0004-D799-0000-O-0000-0000-2
COMMENT VISIONNER CE FILM ?

Stijn, un idéaliste de nature joyeux et détendu, est l'un des derniers bergers à travailler de manière traditionnelle aux Pays-Bas. Mais de nos jours, il ne reste plus grand-chose de l’aspect romantique et paisible que nous associons à la tradition séculaire de l'élevage de moutons. Les appels d'offres sont de plus en plus difficiles à obtenir - la concurrence des grandes entreprises, les bergers bon marché d'Europe de l'Est et les machines intelligentes font de Stijn un choix cher. Alors même qu'il s'efforce de maintenir sa compagnie à flot, le film montre comment le stress incessant le transforme en un homme aigri et irascible...

About 10 years ago, filmmaker Ton van Zantvoort got to know Stijn, an idealist with a cheerful, relaxed nature. Stijn is one of the last remaining Dutch shepherds working in the traditional way. We see the shepherd, his sheep and his three loyal dogs crisscrossing nature reserves and farmlands so the herd can graze the land in an eco-friendly way. But nowadays, little remains of the romance and peace that we associate with the centuries-old tradition of sheepherding. Tenders are increasingly hard to acquire—competition from big companies, cheap East European shepherds and smart machinery make Stijn the expensive choice. 
With the camera in his wake, the shepherd roams across picturesque Dutch landscapes, talking passionately about his inventive approaches to preserving his traditional occupation. But even as he tries so hard to keep his company afloat, the same camera captures how the incessant stress transforms him into an embittered man with a quick temper. Tragicomic conflicts alternate with scenes of beautiful nature and Stijn’s pleasantly chaotic family life.

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