This Flemish heimat-movie after a novel by Felix Timmermans, the title of which translates as "farmers psalm", is about the at first sight idyllic, but actually tragical life of Wortel, a ... See full summary »
Three 'Bukowskian' torrid nights in the life of a man in search of love. Harry Voss, 12, is young and naive. Love, for him, is romantic love between princes and princesses demurely kissing ... See full summary »
This is the story of a man who travels to Brussels, and meets some people with whom he spends a few days. When they all go on a day trip to the "slanting plane" of Ronquieres, all sorts of bottled up frustrations flare up.
A pessimistic urban drama, with a musical score by Jack Sels and Max Damasse, charts in strongly expressionistically lit black-and-white images the wanderings of a tormented man through the... See full summary »
Georges, a workman in his forties, get unexpected released from jail after being imprisoned for two years for having passed a sexual relation with his daughter. Once arrived home, he ... See full summary »
A Flemish family comes together in their maternal home. Oscar, the grotesque patriarch, his bedridden wife Magda, his feeble son Johnny and his daughter Julia, who's married to a Moroccan ... See full summary »
Gilda De Bal,
Peter Van den Begin
Hugo Claus is probably the most respected Belgian novelist ever and the man did it a bit of everything, and so he also is a director with "De Leeuw Van Vlaanderen" and "Vrijdag" being his most popular ones. For those who know Claus, they might know that for Claus nothing is holy, even not the Catholic church. The movie is based on his own novel "Omtrent Deedee" that tells the story of a priest Deedee who is among his believers a well respected Christian man but once he's among his own four walls he's facing the problems every human being is. "Het sacrament" tells the story of 24 hour as Deedee organises a yearly familyreunion and every personage has his own typical problems. A man who must obey his dominant wife every second, a woman who wants to jump in bed with every man she sees, a woman who believes so much in God that it becomes a pathetic, a man who must borrow his sister to give him a proper coat, you name it and you'll find in "Het sacrament". But all by all it's not such a good picture as the movie is a bit too much like a theatreplay and tons of good actions are spoiled by the neurotic Claude (played by Carl Ridders, a man who is overaécting so much it is annoying) even if that character is a bit the red line in the whole story. For the rest of the acting you see nothing but topquality with Frank Aedenboom (why is this man only to see in a terrible soap these days?) and Jan Decleir as the Robert DeNiro's of Belgium...
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