Programme

Couple in a Hole

Tom Geens

United Kingdom, Belgium, France, 2015 / 105 min / English and French OV with French subtitles / Drama

An act of balance between stark realism and an unsettling sense of the absurd.

 

It's a mystery why exactly the middle aged-couple John and Karen have renounced civilization in order to live like feral creatures in a dirt cave in the woods. John hunts rabbits with his bare hands, and when such riches are unavailable, the pair sustain themselves on insects. But when a poisonous spider bites Karen, John breaks their self-imposed isolation to get help. This leads him to befriend local farmer André. As the couple's backstory unfolds, an impending sense of doom casts a pall over their small world.

A film with such a bizarre conceit as this one rises or falls on the strength of its execution — and “Couple in a Hole” soars, thanks largely to the intensely physical performances by Higgins and Dickie. (Toronto International Film Festival)

Screenings
Wed 02/03 19:00 Ciné Utopia English and French OV with French subtitles Public http://www.utopolis.lu
Thu 03/03 20:30 Cinémathèque English and French OV with French subtitles Public https://www.luxembourg-ticket.lu/

“A grieving "Couple in a Hole" -- both psychological and literal -- are the focus of Tom Geens' oddball drama.” Dennis Harvey, variety.com, 25/09/2015

“Close to being in instant classic.” Charlotte O’Sullivan, standard.co.uk, 12/10/2015

“[…] this is a poignant and freshly told film about the devastating power of isolation.” Benjamin Lee, theguardian.com, 17/09/2015

“Haunted performances draw viewers into this pained tableau, while peripheral action offers a slow sense of discovery to balance the oppressive mood.” John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter, 19/09/2015

“Geens proves skilful at sustaining intrigue, assisted by his sparse cast, with a performance from a rake-thin Dickie which is entirely untainted by vanity.” Charles Gant, screendaily.com, 05/10/2015

Awards
  • 3 Awards, Dinard British Film Festival, 2015 (France)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Paul Higgins, Kate Dickie, Jérôme Kircher, Corinne Masiero
Screenplay 
Tom Geens
Cinematographer 
Sam Care
Sound 
Christophe Penchenat
Set 
Richard Campling
Music 
BEAK>
Production 
O11 Productions Ltd., The Chicken Factory
Distribution 
Paradiso Entertainment België
Biography

Born in Belgium, Tom Geens graduated in politics/economics and postgraduated in theatre studies. He has been living in London since 1993. Tom Geens made a name for himself with a series of meticulously crafted shorts, and a first feature (“Menteur”, 2009) that pushed genre boundaries and showed him to be a deconstructor of social norms along the lines of Michael Haneke or Thomas Vinterberg “Couple in a Hole” (2015) is his latest film which received 3 awards at the 26th Dinard British Film Festival.

Filmography
  • 2015, Couple in a Hole
  • 2009, Menteur (Liar)
  • 2009, You're the Stranger Here (short)
  • 2007, Selected Shorts#6 : The Best Flemish Shorts of 2006 (film segment director)
  • 2006, Shame (short)
  • 2005, Wrong (short)
  • 2005, Medelijden (short)
  • 2003, Please (short)