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Original titleAdem
Original lang.Dutch
CountriesBelgium, Netherlands
Run time1h38m
Directed byHans Van Nuffel
CompanyAxia FilmsAxia FilmsAxia Films


TOM and his brother LUCAS are young men who suffer from cystic fybrosis, a genetic disease that slowly destroys their lungs. Tom is struggling to cope with his short life expectancy and hangs around with a gang of hoodlums. In the hospital, he meets XAVIER, a young man suffering from the same illness but behaving like a top athlete. Xavier is a confirmed optimist, even when he is dumped by his girlfriend ANNELEEN. Tom takes in Xavier's energy and joy of life. He roams the hospital grounds and falls for the charms of quirky ELINE, who has been quarantined for months due to an infection. They are not allowed to touch and can only talk to each other over the phone. Yet, they start a romance.

When Tom's brother Lucas dies during lung transplantation surgery, Tom is inconsolable. He seeks refuge among his rough friends, avoids Xavier and breaks up with Eline. But one day, he again crosses Xavier's path who gives him back his taste for life...


Stef Aerts
Wouter Hendrickx
Marie Vinck
Rik Verheye
Anemone Valcke
Gijs Scholten van Aschat
Maarten Mertens
Ina Geerts
Kris Cuppens
Begir Memeti

Poster & photos

Dutch poster of the movie Oxygen
Photo from the movie Oxygen

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