Hot Docs 2014: Alfred and Jakobine (2013)
In 1955, Alfred and Jakobine met, fell in love, and drove a clunker of a London taxi around the world. It’s a passionate and adventurous love affair for the ages – or it was until Alfred abruptly left Jakobine. Forty years later, Alfred gets that taxi street legal and cajoles Niels, the son he shares with his lost love, to drive from Taos, New Mexico to Jakobine’s home in New York.
Alfred and Jakobine, form directors Jonathan Howells and Tom Roberts, is a remarkable story about the endurance of love and loss. You’ll be on tenterhooks as Niels and Alfred putter across the country toward Jakobine and her new (of many years) husband Rusty, but any doubts about Alfred’s grand gesture will be erased when you see Jakobine’s face when they arrive. I dare you not to weep at both the beauty and heartbreak of it all.
The doc, with a brief runtime of 73 minutes, feels a little thin. At one point, Niels refers to the taxi as the “dragon in the fairy tale” of his childhood and I found myself yearning for a bit more fleshing out of those intervening years. But still, Alfred and Jakobine is a beautiful love letter and well worth the investment.
Screening Times for Alfred and Jakobine
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1Fri, Apr 25 9:45 PM
Isabel Bader TheatreSun, Apr 27 1:30 PM
Hart House TheatreSun, May 4 9:15 PM
Watch the Alfred and Jakobine Trailer
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit hotdocs.ca.