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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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Followed by La jouissance des hystériques (2000) See more »

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Im going home
Performed by Gene Vincent
Written by Bob Bain
Courtesy of éditions Noel Gay Music - EMI
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From the comic book store to the theater
12 January 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Before he made movies, Jan Bucquoy was a famous and controversial comic book writer. Based on Vidon and Bucquoy's original graphic novel "La vie sexuelle de JP Leureux, Tout va bien",this first feature is a touching mix of Cynicism and dead pan humor. The story revolves around the chronological thread of the various women of the narrator's life. Whereas the original comic book was built on a succession of many quick portraits and short cynical reappraisals, the film comes out as single ongoing framework, sarcastic, yet tainted with nostalgia. Overwhelmingly successful at indy film festivals around the world, its obscure and rather limited distribution seem to ad a certain cult value. You won't find the video tape at Blockbuster's, but it's out there...


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