Jacky Lafon has been criticized by some fellow actors for lacking professionalism. In interviews, she named Ronny Waterschoot, who also served as director for some years, to have been a real tyrant towards her. More recently, Anne Somers urged the producers to fire Lafon, which eventually led to Somers being dismissed herself. See more »
'Familie' is the longest running soap in Belgium and is still one of the most popular. Even though its story lines became more and more predictable.
They describe the show as 'a show based on real-life' experiences. I doubt that. You can't imagine which situations the characters went through. Thousands of murders, dead people becoming alive again, love affairs, hostage by terrorists, ...you think of something, they've been through it.
In the beginning, the characters were all one big family: the nagging grandmother, the oldest son who is a famous businessman, the other dumb and clumsy son, the daughter with a messed up life (she was an alcoholic, survived cancer, lost 3 children,...). These days, there is almost nothing left of the original family. Which is a shame.
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