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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

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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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 »

Quotes

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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Hard Blues
Written by Francis de Smet
Performed by Country Blues Rock Band of Flanders
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A good title,and a good movie
8 November 2002 | by (De HAAN Belgium) – See all my reviews

When I saw the movie for the first time I was less enthusiastic than now.You have to see the movie at least two times,otherwise you think that it is a movie for idiots.Jean-Henri Compère is strong as a writer who explores the sexual life of the capital of Belgium and his indifference to his own fate is pathetic.His fatalism is in strong contrast to his will-power to become famous.Is this why as a young boy his sexual awakening came too late in his Flemish village?Or because his mother was opposing his career outside of the place where he had a rather happy youth?Marriage seems to be the turning point of his life,but it is not what he expected.Many Belgians have a divorce after being married for some years and he will not be the exception.The sexual life of the Belgians may be boring in itself,but in this movie you never have the impression that things do not go on.Every scene is a surprise and to this you can certainly add the beautiful images by Michel Baudour,and the music of Will Tura and Marc Aryan.


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