The Sacrament

The Sacrament is a 1989 Belgian comedy film directed by Belgian author Hugo Claus. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. The film is based on Claus' own novel Omtrent Deedee and his play Interieur. The film was selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 62nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.


The 1950s. A family has its annual family reunion to commemorate the anniversary of mother's death. People drink and eat heavily and after a while all restrictions are lost. Family members start venting old frustrations, discussions and tensions. Eventually one homosexual young man gets depressed and a drama escalates.

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    contentLocation Belgium
    director Hugo Claus
    editor Menno Boerema
    genre comedy-drama historical
    keywords family reunion young man
    musicBy Frédéric Devreese
    producer Patrick Conrad
    theme lgbt-related