De Volkskrant TV selection for Saturday 17 September


Elise Schaap and Pierre Bokma in My father is a plane by Antoinette Beumer.

The BFG

BBC 1, 3:45 pm

(Fantasy, Steven Spielberg, 2016) The King of the blockbusters turned Roald Dahl’s famous children’s book The BFG (The BFG) from 1982, a gentle, fairytale-like film. The Spielberg-Dahl tandem is correct: both know how to make ordinary people, in whom the viewer can easily move, come into their own in exciting situations. With one difference: where Dahl dares to make children shudder more, Spielberg wants to make them feel. Orphan girl Sophie catches the Big Friendly Giant literally breathing dreams into children, and what follows is history.

Ruby Barnhill in Steven Spielberg's The BFG Image

Ruby Barnhill in Steven Spielberg’s The BFG

The Tourist

NPO 3, 8.22 pm

In the latest double episode of The Tourist The amnesiac protagonist (Jamie Dornan) hopes to finally get answers to all questions about his identity. There is still a lot to do before that happens. Helen (Danielle Macdonald) receives new information and sets out to investigate, risking her own life. Meanwhile, the protagonist has an unpleasant encounter with an old acquaintance. The whimsical thriller series The Tourist was a huge success for the BBC. Season two is on order, but the cast is yet to be announced.

Along the coast

NPO 2, 8.45 pm

In order to continue their journey along the Dutch coast in Friesland, Huub Stapel and Martin Hendriksma first have to cross the 32 kilometer long Afsluitdijk. That turns out to be quite a task for the gentlemen, who fortunately get a lift from a number of eel fishermen. These tell about the consequences of the construction of the Afsluitdijk for local fisheries. When the salty Zuiderzee became the sweet IJsselmeer, the fish stock changed drastically. Johan Pollema shows his large collection of photos, maps and prints of the Afsluitdijk in Zurich, Friesland.

Being the Queen

National Geographic, 10 p.m.

National Geographic made the beautiful biography two years ago Being the Queen about the recently deceased Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. In the film, director Tom Jennings combines never-before-seen interviews and footage of the Queen with testimonies from dozens of people who knew her personally, including Prince Philip’s private secretary. The documentary highlights relationships within the royal family, reflecting on the most difficult moments and decisions from Elizabeth II’s long reign.

My father is a plane

NPO 3, 22.27 o’clock

(Drama, Antoinette Beumer, 2021) The bunch of roses brought along falls dramatically to the ground when Eva, on a visit to a psychiatric institution, is confronted with her father’s blank stare. With a penchant for grand gestures, Beumer filmed her well-received debut novel My father is a plane (2018), about a busy woman who peels off a family trauma layer by layer. Elise Schaap plays a convincing Eva, who slowly succumbs to the pressure of an ambitious modern life, navigating between motherhood, an extensive advertising job and an extramarital affair. Then her mother suddenly drops dead and Eva collapses. The imagination of Eva’s estrangement is sometimes powerful, Pierre Bokma is strong like Eva’s father.

2Doc: Human Nature

NPO 2, 11.49 pm

With a technique called Crispr, scientists can quickly and effectively make changes to genetic material. In the documentary Human Nature researchers explain how the technique works and what the possibilities are, such as the cure for serious hereditary diseases and the treatment of cancer. It is also possible to intervene in the germline with Crispr, with which hereditary properties are passed on to the offspring. In this way, diseases can be eradicated for good, which naturally also raises ethical questions.

Jusqu’a la garde

Canvas, 12:05 a.m.

(Xavier Legrand, 2017) Julien (12) and Joséphine (17) want nothing more to do with their abusive father, their mother claims. Nonsense, protests her soon-to-be ex; he would never harm them. How do you determine, as a judge, what is best for the children? By letting the viewer watch with the judge in the opening scene, debutant Legrand forces you to think about such matters. Then the judge disappears forever from the plot: only we get the far-reaching consequences of her sentence in this cinematic stranglehold.

Thomas Gioria in Jusqu'à la garde by Xavier Legrand Statue

Thomas Gioria in Jusqu’à la garde by Xavier Legrand

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