In 2007 in Calais, a whole family hanged themselves: the parents and their two children. Never a motive was found, the suicide note stated: “We messed up, sorry.”


Milo Rau / NTGent


✔ Dutch spoken
✔ English surtitles
✔ Length: 80 min
✔ Trigger warnings: suicide


What reasons, what traumas underlie such a suicide? In ‘Familie’the first part of Milo Rau's Trilogy of Private Life, we see a real family on stage: actors An Miller and Filip Peeters do not only act together as a couple, but for the first time in their career they are on stage with their two teenage daughters Leonce and Louisa – and their dogs.

‘Familie’ is an experiment, an ethnological study of today’s private life, an exhibition of the everyday: on stage we see the house of the family Demeester – or is it the house of the family Peeters/Miller? Together they reconstruct the mysterious case of the family Demesteer, following the journey of their own family, questioning the construction of family as the cell of life and origin of our world today.

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Milo Rau (Bern, 1977) proves in projects like The Congo TribunalLa RepriseOrestes in MosulThe New Gospel or School of Resistance that theatre does not have to be detached from society but that it is a necessary contribution to politics, culture, and society – a place to tell true stories that shape our society.

Read Milo Rau's bio here.

Read An Millers bio here.

Read Filip Peeters' bio here.

Read Leonce Peeters' bio here.

Read Louisa Peeters' bio here.


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Beyond madness, tenderness awaits Only humans can fantasise There's all that future, still Until it holds from the inside With closed eyes, you can see whomever you’d like