PETER BUTTER'S STATEMENT ABOUT THEO'S HOUSE

The feature film Theo’s House plays in the early 1990’s, when Finland is experiencing a severe economic depression. The protagonist Theo, an ageing architect, looks back at the ruins of his life.

His wife and only child have left him. His business partner, who saw the crisis coming, has moved to Norway, just in time. Now Theo has closed his office, sacked his employees, sold the inventory and withdrawn himself in the German countryside, where nobody knows him. Though he might be able to hide himself from the rest of the world, he cannot hide from himself. Facing the consequences of his deeds, he is tormented by knowing that many decades earlier, he gave up everything he believed in and sold his soul. In the hope to come to terms with the past and with himself, he starts to write a letter to a woman he has met only once, more than fifty years ago, when they were both little children. In a last attempt to restore his old beliefs and recover his lost soul, he embarks on the design of a dream house for the both of them...

Although the film delivers poignant criticism towards the lack of moral values in
architecture, Theo's House is about a more universal and more profound issue: For each
of us will come the day we will have to give account for our deeds and their
consequences, not to others, but to ourselves.

Petrus Ch.Butter
Architect (Netherlands)