Time of My Life (film)

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Time of My Live
Tot Altijd-movie poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nic Balthazar
Written by Nic Balthazar
Produced by Peter Bouckaert
Starring Koen De Graeve
Geert Van Rampelberg
CinematographyDanny Elsen
Edited byPhilippe Ravoet
Music byHenny Vrienten
Distributed byKinepolis Film Distribution
Release date
  • March 29, 2012 (2012-03-29)
Running time
119 minutes

Time of My Life (Dutch : Tot Altijd) is a 2012 Belgian film written and directed by Nic Balthazar. The story is based upon real life events and contains original news footage.



The story is set between 1980 and 2002. In 1980 Mario Verstraete was a healthy Belgian with big ambitions. Some years later he is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Mario decides to advocate for legalizing euthanasia. He starts up an action group to convince the government to allow the practice under restricted conditions.

His plan works and the Belgian government approves an enactment on 28 May 2002: [1] Euthanasia is allowed when an adult victim can't be cured, has to live in unworthy conditions, and at least three doctors confirm this situation. Verstraete was the first Belgian to commit euthanasia on 30 September 2002. [2]




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  1. "Wet betreffende de euthanasie (1)" (in Dutch). May 29, 2002. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  2. "Time Belgian outcry over first mercy killing under new law". TheGuardian.com . October 9, 2002. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  3. "Time of My Life and Offline among Abitibi-Témiscamingue winners.". November 1, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  4. "Time Flanders foursome selected for Festroia's competition.". May 29, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2013.