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Willem is furious when a journalist makes fun of him because he acts hysterical in court during the Agusta scandal. He decides to kidnap the man and find out everything about him, but he discovers more than he bargained for.

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Willem Wallyn
Carl Ridders ...
Jacques
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Johannes Van Buren
Luc Wallyn ...
Luc Wallyn
Fujio Ishimaru ...
Buitenlandse verslaggever (as Fujio Hishimaru)
Pascale Bal ...
Pascale
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Patron
Frank Vander Linden ...
Frank Vander Linden
David Steegen ...
David Steegen
Doris Van Caneghem ...
Beerputvrouw
Dirk Jans ...
De Mens
Michel De Coster ...
De Mens
Frédéric Jannin ...
Saatchi
Stefan Liberski ...
Saatchi
Luna Wallyn ...
Dochter van Avermaet
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Willem W. walks with his father to court on the first day of the Agusta-trial, the biggest corruption scandal in Belgian history, where the defendants are the former Nato Secretary General, politicians and... his father, who was responsible for the money laundering. Johannes Van Buren, the ambitious anchorman of the prime time television news, ridicules Willem - who refuses to talk to him - a bit by describing him as hysterical in court. Willem is furious. His friends, Frank and David, inspire him to kidnap Van Buren and investigate his private life. He'll give the journalist the treatment his family got : every juicy detail you'd want to hide in the open. He finds out more then he cares for, not exactly about the journalist but rather about himself. His search reads as a manual called "How to loose your ethics, ego and friends in a few days". Written by Hannelore Goossens

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Great in almost every viewpoint, even though you only see one.
22 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie is about the events that happen around the Agusta trails that brought down important political figures in Belgium and one in Nato. Even though those facts are real, the movie itself is fiction. I do believe you have to be a Belgian living in Flanders to truly appreciate this movie. Not only are there true facts, there are true people who play themselves differently than in real life as well. Like the singer of the rock band "de mens" who appears to be one of the friends of the lead character. The acting of the actors is great for given Belgian standards and very typical for Belgian acting, except for the "one time actors" who play themselves. Knowing who they really are makes you forget it. Strangely this movie is the viewpoint of the abducted journalist who makes the protagonist look like a complete asshole with no respect for others but himself but still i liked him. It also makes you wonder what really happened.


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