The Sex Life of the Belgians (1994)
"La vie sexuelle des Belges 1950-1978" (original title)

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A semi-autobiography of the first 28 years of the director, the Flemish anarchist Jan Bucquoy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Henri Compère ...
Jan Bucquoy
Noe Francq ...
Jan Bucquoy as a child
Isabelle Legros ...
Noella Bucquoy (mother)
Sophie Schneider ...
Jacques Druaux ...
Jerome Bucquoy (father)
Sacha Jacques ...
Jan Bucquoy as a baby
Boris Bucquoy ...
Jan Bucquoy age 2
Pascale Binnert ...
Ariane Bucquoy
Michel Angely ...
Michele Shor ...
Aunt Martha
Stefan Lernous ...
Georgette Stulens ...
Eddy's mother
Raymond Vandersmissen ...
Eddy's father
Tegan Pick ...
Girl in rollercoaster
Kathleen Joye ...
Christine 'Dirty Knickers'


Jan Bocquoy narrates the story of his sexual life to age 28, imagining his conception (parents drunk, the encounter lasting ten seconds) and reporting his first orgasm (at the hands of Eddy, in a beach-side caravan, as they watch Laurel and Hardy), his comparative experiences with girls, and his move from Harelbeck to Brussels. There he meets Greta, bartender at a Bohemian cafe, who teaches him the Kama Sutra, the naked Esther, who reads him stories, and Thérèse, his wife for three years. They split after two children; he moves to a small flat, writes pornography to pay the bills, works sporadically on a novel, espouses anarchism, and meets more women. His self-confidence grows. Written by <>

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28 January 1994 (Belgium)  »

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La vie sexuelle des Belges  »

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It took director Jan Bucquoy three years to raise the funding for the film. As an artist, Bucquoy had set up a Museum of Underpants, most of which he eventually had to sell to raise money for his film. As it was, his cast and crew worked for free until Bucquoy sold his film overseas. See more »


Daisy: You know why I wanted to make love with you?
Jan Bucquoy: I don't know. My charm, my intelligence?
Daisy: No.
Jan Bucquoy: My eyes, my body?
Daisy: No.
Jan Bucquoy: Having savoured the artist, you fell in love with the man?
Daisy: No.
Jan Bucquoy: You realized immediately I was the man of your love?
Daisy: No. You're the first man I've met who doesn't have a TV.
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References La chinoise (1967) See more »


Written by Peter Benoît
Performed by Ensemble choral
d'Harelbeke sous la direction de Francis de Smet
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Starts as a kooky memoir
16 July 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film starts as a rapid-fire series of childhood memories, narrated by the main char. These episodes all have a sexual flavour. My favourite is the beautiful aunt who never wears knickers and parades around in the nude in front of the young boy, who concentrates only on his painting. But it goes downhill fast after that. The story completely loses focus, and is a lot less sexy. Disappointing, after such a promising start.

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