Now something is slowly changing is a clear-cut, distinctly visual portrayal of the present-day coaching and training culture. Using only fixed, wide camera angles, the film investigates different forms of self-development and courses for inner growth and performance improvement.
Without protagonists, interviews or voice-overs the film observes, for instance, animal assisted therapy sessions, a class in happiness for primary school children, a training session in dealing with tension and aggression for city law enforcement officers and a vlogger trying to calm her stressed-out followers with gentle, relaxing sounds. It is left up to the spectator to decide whether these mindfulness training programs and coaching courses symbolise something bigger. Where did this search for self-improvement come from? Are we ever good enough?
Dir. Mint Film Office - 106min - 2018 - The Netherlands
"beautifully crafted...In her formally objective documentary, Menna Laura Meijer shows a disconcerting cross-section of Dutch society and its ever-so-evident quest for guidance and meaning in life." - Cineuropa
"an intriguing....look at the various ways in which people in the Netherlands are coached in personal growth and mindfulness....The movie washes every scene with an invigoratingly cold, clear light and there is an elegant visual and compositional sense in every frame." - The Guardian
"a cinematic observation of the modern-day search for personal growth and a sense of meaning." - IDFA, winner Best Dutch Documentary.