Later We Care

The Netherlands 2009, Documentary, 53' | Director, DoP Claire Pijman, Piet Oomes | Editor Claire Pijman, Piet Oomes, Danniel Danniel | Sound Hugo Dijkstal | Music Fonsa ten Velde | Production Stichting Docu Shot

"She takes life as it comes and has a solution to any problem."
Claire Pijman

Following the death of her husband, Jeane Pijman van Ruyven - doctor and mother of five children - moves from Tilburg to Amsterdam to be near her daughters and grandchildren. At first, she settles in with Claire but goes to live in a ground-floor flat on the same street when it becomes vacant. Claire and her sister thus attempt to combine the care of their mother with normal family life and job.
Claire Pijman documents the everyday situation during the last years of her mother's life as her world gets smaller and her mental health deteriorates. A woman who in earlier times had a solution to any problem can no longer remember exactly how many boys and how many girls she gave birth to. Everyone concerned attempts to provide her with fulfilling days - but the original bright idea of caring for Mama in the bosom of the family turns out to be an increasingly emotional and organisational challenge.
Later We Care shows in close observation, poignantly and honestly, the predicament of old age and the helplessness of those left behind.


Claire Pijman studied at the Dutch Academy of Film & Television in Amsterdam. Has freelanced as cinematographer and director at home and abroad since 1990. In 2000, she won the Grand Prize at the Dance on Camera Festival in New York and in 2001 for the dance films R.I.P. and Wiped with director Annick Vroom. She has also worked with Wim Wenders, Lars von Trier and Robby Müller. From 2000 to 2004, she was board member of the Dutch Association of Cinematographers. In 2007, she sat on the jury for the National Competition for Women Directors of Photography at the Dortmund | Cologne International Women's Film Festival. Since 1994, Pijman has directed eight documentaries. But with her film Jermal, to be screened as part of the Youth Programme at the Dortmund | Cologne International Women's Film Festival 2010, she is back in charge of the cinematography.

Piet Oomes studied documentary film and editing at the Dutch Academy for Film & Television in Amsterdam. He works as an author, director and film editor.

Claire Pijman, Piet Oomes
The Netherlands