Read the screenplay that inspired the short film Avalon by Vincenzo De Jonghe as well as the segment Next to Her in the anthology feature film Follow: Love, Life, Ghent.
For more than two years, the 84-year-old Maurice has been taking care of his terminally ill wife, Yvonne. Because of the stress and strain of caring for someone in need of constant supervision, the line between nurturing and torturing is easily crossed. Is the elderly couple still capable of uncovering the tenderness of their bond?
"Next To Her tackles the hard question many of us have to face one day: can you keep loving a lover whose mind has drifted off forever? A heartrending and heartfelt blueprint for a wonderful film." - Fedrik de beul, director of August 1914 and Kong At The Seaside
Themes: old age, dementia, elderly love, caregiver, eldercare, relationships, cats, pets