Hasta la Vista

Belgium

Synopsis

Three guys in their twenties love wine and women but they are still virgins. Under the guise of a wine tour they embark on a journey to Spain hoping to have their first sexual experience. Nothing will stop them. Not even their handicaps: one is blind, one is confined to a wheelchair and one is completely paralysed.

Director's Statement

COME AS YOU ARE is a story about love, unconditional friendship and lust. A story about humour as the only means to overcome painful situations. A film about intense desire as the most powerful motive behind man’s struggle to push back frontiers. Man is driven by desire: it creates the capacity to do things he never thought he would be able to do. The fulfilment of the desire is often secondary. It is a road movie in which the journey is more important than the destination. Lars, Philip and Jozef go out on a particular mission, but on a higher level, their journey represents as much a fight for independence as a fight for a love and friendship on their own terms. This independence presents new restrictions and limitations. For in many instances they must depend on each other and on the paid helper Claude. In this confrontation with each other’s limitations and talents, a complex interaction develops. With each mile, the experience of the journey and the bonds of friendship it brings about on the way, gain the upper hand on the visit to ‘El Cielo’. The way Lars, Philip and Jozef tease one another reveals deep affection. We don’t make fun of them, but they do it among themselves. Only true friends can bear that from each other. The three friends are well aware of each other’s weaknesses, and accept them. After all, disabled or not, we all have weaknesses and limitations, and aren’t we all struggling to chase our dreams?
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Geoffrey Enthoven

Written by: Pierre Louis de Clercq

Produced by: Mariano Vanhoof

Cinematography: Gerd Schelfhout

Editing: Philippe Ravoet

Production Design: Kurt Rigolle

Original Score: Meuris & Papermouth

Main Cast: Robrecht van den Thoren (Philip), Gilles de Schryver (Lars), Tom Audenaert (Jozef), Isabelle de Hertogh (Claude)

Nominations and Awards

  • People's Choice Award 2012
  • Feature Film Selection 2012