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La Holandesa

La Holandesa

Marleen Jonkman

Netherlands, Germany | 2017 | Genre: Drama, Road Movie | first feature film | running time: 92’

festivals & awards

Discovery, Toronto International Film Festival 2017
Voices, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018


After many years of trying, it is time for Maud (40) and Frank (42) to face the fact that they will never have children.
To breathe new life into their relationship Frank takes her to Patagonia. While Frank is putting all his energy in making a new start, Maud is still in denial. When Frank finds out she secretly has a miscarriage, they get into a huge fight and Maud runs off.
Forging ahead against all odds, Chile’s beautiful landscape and the encounters with other people make Maud slowly realise that there is more to life. Like 8-year old Messi, a streetwise Chilean boy, who forces Maud to reconsider her idealistic ideas about motherhood. After the long journey from the rough and cold South of Patagonia to the sweltering heat of the Northern dessert, Maud finally made peace with herself.


La Holandesa
original title

Messi and Maud


Drama, Road Movie


Netherlands, Germany

running time


produced by

Smarthouse Films – Netherlands

in co-production with

Leitwolf TV-und Filmproduktion GmbH – Germany

directed by

Marleen Jonkman

written by

Daan Gielis


Visit Films

After a huge fight during their vacation in Chile, Maud leaves her husband to travel alone. During the road trip she befriends Messi, a local boy who helps her to reflect on her life choices.
TFL Programmes

Script&Pitch 2012

Daan Gielis