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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 ...
Therese
Jacques Druaux ...
Jerome Bucquoy (father)
Sacha Jacques ...
Jan Bucquoy as a baby
Boris Bucquoy ...
Jan Bucquoy age 2
Pascale Binnert ...
Ariane Bucquoy
Michel Angely ...
Greengrocer
Michele Shor ...
Aunt Martha
Stefan Lernous ...
Eddy
Georgette Stulens ...
Eddy's mother
Raymond Vandersmissen ...
Eddy's father
Tegan Pick ...
Girl in rollercoaster
Kathleen Joye ...
Christine 'Dirty Knickers'
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Flemish flounderings in the pleasure seeking swinging 60s. See more »


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28 January 1994 (Belgium)  »

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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 »

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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 Tout va bien (1972) See more »

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Sometimes you're sad
Performed by Les Dominos
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:) Big Belgian Movie !
20 November 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

This movie reminds me of Balzac, the little hero Lucien (here Jan) who starts at a remote village in the deep of Flanders and moves to the great Paris (Brussels). It is the astonishing encounter of the fourth kind with beautiful ladies and the fauna of the night crowd of a roaring city. Artists, whores, poets and all the like mix up in this beautiful expressed and imaged close up of the capital of the Belgians in the seventies. This movie has nothing to do about sex, it is just a romantic comedy of life. This movie remains actual by its surprising flair and capturing of mind and imaginative dialogs. In some Line it is difficult to translate this film. One of the best Belgian movies I ever saw, deserves a 9.


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