l’Amour des Moules

A creative documentary about the mussel and the people who play an important role in her life. This remarkable documentary approaches the timeless and extraordinary symmetry between living organisms and humans. Mussel and mankind are mirrored throughout the documentary in moments that highlight the mystery, beauty and cruel inevitable fate of a lifecycle. Birth, hope, love and death.

A documentary by Willemiek J.A. Kluijfhout
Production by Trueworks (NL) and Associate Directors
Length 73 minutes
Shot on 35mm


The Belgians look forward to it with bated breath, just like top chef Sergio Herman and mussel breeder Henk. Along with many others. The start of the mussel season. But how does this shell fish end up on our plates? And why do we love it so?
In L’Amour des Moules light is shed on the life of the Zeeland mussel in an intimate, down-to-earth manner. We get 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 way, the mussel encounters passionate enthusiasts who also fall in love, struggle and overcome. Biologist Annelies introduces us to the the sexual habitat of mussels. Then she becomes pregnant – by the mussel man. Top chef Sergio, after a love-hate relationship with the shell fish, now specialises in preparing it. Gynaecologist Jan uses the glue mussels makes to save the lives of unborn babies. And then there’s the phenomenom of the mussel princess.


L’AMOUR DES MOULES is produced by Trueworks (NL) and Associate Directors.
With the support of Dutch Film Fund, Media Fund and Flanders Audiovisual Fund, B-Architects, Omroep Zeeland, Provincie Zeeland, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

L’Amour des Moules in Concert

Bookings for L’Amour des Moules in Concert are now available. There, the composer of the film Tuur Florizoone plays the music score live during the projection. Please contact us for more information or go to www.adirector.eu/vertoning-boeken.