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Shades (1999)

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Shades is a film about (imaginary) Belgian serial killer Freddy Lebecq which producer Max Vogel, a former lawyer, is determined to make into an internationally co-produced, relatively big ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Paul S. Sullivan
Gene Bervoets ...
Max Vogel
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Dylan Cole
Mireille Leveque ...
Michelle Miller
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Freddy Lebecq
Mike Verdrengh ...
Harry Koning
Hilde Van Mieghem ...
Cathy
Tom Van Bauwel ...
Mark Vandenbroeck
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Crazy Mike (as Rudolf Segers)
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Bob
Luk D'Heu ...
Van Riet
Filip Peeters ...
Weber
Sally-Jane Van Hoorenbeeck ...
Lily
Gert Lahousse ...
Peter
Tine Reymer ...
Bianca
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Shades is a film about (imaginary) Belgian serial killer Freddy Lebecq which producer Max Vogel, a former lawyer, is determined to make into an internationally co-produced, relatively big budget-production Hollywood style, with a director from the States. To that end he cuts deals with and often behind the backs of just about everybody, including Lebeq -who has the book rights-, his lawyer who hopes to use proceeds donated to the relatives to facilitate early release, even the victims, always trying to get the media circus to yield priceless publicity. However not only the lead actor proves a loose canon, even Lebecq ends up killing his lawyer and escaping, when he believes the movie is hurting his case ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Director Erik Van Looy is an avid RAFC supporter (a club in Belgian second division) and he likes to mention this in interviews and put tiny references in his movies (in "De Zaak Alzheimer" for example he made Gene Bervoets whistle the club anthem). In Shades you hear an announcement over the car radio saying the first (new) derby between RAFC and rival club Germinal Beerschot ended 3-0. Wishful thinking on the part of Van Looy as it turned out, because the game (played in 2000) ended 1-2. See more »

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an entertaining movie that doesn't take itself too serious
22 September 1999 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

This is probably the first belgian movie that has the "allure" of a hollywood picture, which was the director's goal after all. You could see it as a mix between "The Player"and"Silence of the lambs". The absolute + on the movie is the fact that it tells a story and laughs with itself at the same time.

the story is about a film crew which is making a movie about a serial killer, and on the set everything goes wrong. The bit of cliché "film in film" is funny , entertaining and sometimes even exciting. In short : well worth seeing !!


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