Behind the scenes at an asylum, the tense relationship between humans and animals comes to the fore.


An incessant flow of discarded dogs, cats and rabbits strains the loving bond between humans and animals within the walls of the animal shelter; pets are life companions, but also status symbols, to which people are making increasing demands. With attentive care and training, the contenders are refurbished by driven staff and dedicated volunteers and prepared for a proper match with a new owner; the shelter is all about giving outcasts a new home. But what to do with the misfits?


Director & script • Saskia Gubbels
DoP • Jean Counet NSC, Aafke Beernink & Maasja Ooms
Sound • Carla van der Meijs, Marcel de Hoogd & Gerben Kokmeijer
Editor • Riekje Ziengs, Jeroen Goeijers, Mieneke Kramer & Jelle Redeker NCE
Sounddeisgn • Jeroen Goeijers
Producer • DOXY Films
Broadcaster • BNNVARA
Idem • Journeyman Films
With the support of • Teledoc, CoBO, Nederlands Filmfonds


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IDFA 2020 • Dutch Competition
Visions de Reël, Nyon • Competition
Buma Awards • Nomination Best Original Composition Documentary
Nederlands Filmfestival 2021 • Nomination Golden Calf Best Documentary