The van Paemel Family

Het Gezin van Paemel
Directed by Paul Cammermans
Written by Jan Blokker
Starring Senne Rouffaer
Mark Van Eeghem
Jan Decleir
Chris Boni
Distributed by made for television
Release dates
  • 1986 (1986)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Belgium
Language Dutch

The van Paemel Family (Dutch: Het gezin van Paemel) is a 1986 Belgian historic drama directed by Paul Cammermans, based on a play written by Cyriel Buysse. The film received the André Cavens Award for Best Film by the Belgian Film Critics Association (UCC). It was also entered into the 15th Moscow International Film Festival.[1]



The family patriarch Van Paemel is a farmer on baron de Wilde's estate. His mild-mannered son Désire is accidentally shot during a hunting party on the estate and remains an invalid. Eduard, the eldest son, is a member of the socialist workers' movement and involved in strike actions in the city. Against her father's wishes, his daughter Cordule starts an affair with the poacher Masco. His youngest daughter, Romanie, is forced to work as a domestic servant at the castle, where she is seduced by Maurice, the baron's son and heir, and becomes pregnant. When the youngest son Kamiel also has to leave the farm because he is drafted into the army, the lack of workers on Van Paemel's farm becomes critical. As a result, the family is evicted from their home because they cannot pay the rent. Three of the children emigrate to the USA, one becomes a nun and one dies, until only the farmer and his wife remain.


  1. "15th Moscow International Film Festival (1987)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-21.
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