A true story about a Flemish resistance warrior.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Werner De Smedt ...
Mapi Galán ...
Stuart Laing ...
Oliver Windross ...
Major Smith
Christian Crahay ...
Lukas Smolders ...
General James
Marilou Mermans ...
Farmer's wife
René van Asten ...
Van der Waals
Miep Visser
Stefan Perceval ...
German soldier
Gert Jan Dröge ...
Serge Marechal ...


Gaston Vandermeerssche is a young, resourceful Flemish action hero of the Belgian resistance during World War II: he coaches surviving allied pilots trough occupied Belgium and France to Spain so they can regain England, each time a dangerous adventure as their poor mastery of local languages and customs add to the ever-present risks of trying to outsmart the Nazi troops and Gestapo agents. After a mess-up in the coordination from London he himself gets caught by the dreaded secret police for ruthless interrogation... Written by KGF Vissers

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23 October 1997 (Netherlands)  »

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Gaston háborúja  »

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Flawed, but satisfying
7 December 2000 | by (Brussels, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Gaston's War is based on the well-known novel by Allan Mayer, and directed by Flemish director Robbe De Hert (who also directed Blueberry Hill, another period-flick). The film is supposed to be the real life story of a young Flemish resistance fighter called Gaston Vandermeerssche. He was in the underground-resistance movement during the German occupation of Belgium. The film stars off pretty tense, but starts to lose it's momentum toward the end. The narrative sometimes feels a bit shoddy, but that is no surprise when one considers the fact that director De Hert had a big bust-up with his producers about the final cut. Unfortunately the film suffers from this quarrel. The final cut feels like a 'compromise' between two visions, which is a shame, because with a bit more tweaking, this film could have truly been great. Now it merely is a flawed, but all together a satisfying Flemish film.

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