2012, 71’ feature length (Berlinale 2013)
documentary by WJA Kluijfhout
Sales Agent Autlook Films

The Belgians and French look forward to it with bated breath: the start of the mussel season in the Dutch province of Zeeland, like many other aficionados? But how does this shellfish end up on our plates? And why do we love them so?


MUSSELS IN LOVE (original title L’AMOUR DES MOULES) is a feature-length documentary that reveals the life of the Zeeland mussel in an intimate, humorous way, with playful music and fascinating close-ups that turn the shell-fish into abstract art. We get to observe its complete life cycle: the mussel that loves, the mussel that holds on with all its might, and the mussel that is cast off by the storm.

On its odyssey from seabed to restaurant plate, the mussel encounters passionate enthusiasts who - like itself - fall in love, struggle and overcome. Biologist Annelies introduces us to the sex life of mussels. Then she becomes pregnant – by one of her mussels students! Top chef Sergio Herman, after a love-hate relationship with the shellfish, now specialises in preparing it. Gynaecologist Jan uses the glue of mussels to save the lives of unborn babies. And then there's the local Zeeland phenomenon of the mussel princess.

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