[PART 1] During World War II, Stan Vandewalle saves boxing trainer Max from the bombed German war prisoners camp, and shoots two German soldiers while escaping. After the war, Stan resolves... See full summary »
[PART 1] During World War II, Stan Vandewalle saves boxing trainer Max from the bombed German war prisoners camp, and shoots two German soldiers while escaping. After the war, Stan resolves to put all his frustration over the death of his slow-witted brother Aloïs, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, with his side-car against a farmer's truck in making come true Aloïs other dream, to see Stan becoming 'king of the world' as boxer. After Max introduces him to wealthy, greedy gay manager Dumont, his career takes a rocketing start, but he gets none of the proceeds. Stan's elder brother Romain, an honorless philanderer, finds out the cheating but prefers to demand his cut instead as exclusive bookie... [PART 2] Now sonny Fabien Dumont understands, like trainer Max, reminding Stan of Alois's death awakes enough hatred to make him win, he becomes Belgian national champion. After bookmaker Bernier takes revenge for Romain's betting exclusivity by having manager Dumont's boxing license ... Written by
I just saw a screening of this movie. I really did want to see this movie in theaters because the trailer seemed pretty good to me. I do like boxing movies, there are fabulous ones like Raging Bull, Cinderella Man, Rocky,... but this one failed where the others succeeded.
Although the director got the chance to work with some of Belgium's finest actors, like Koen De Bouw, Jan Decleir, Carry Goossens etc., the acting sometimes feels a bit unnatural and rather forced, except for Jan Decleir, who's always outstanding. Especially the main character, played by Kevin Jansens, could have been better casted in my opinion. He's still young and this was one of his first major rolls, so I guess we should give him a little credit.
The storyline is rather cliché with a few better worked out parts, and shows some faults in the details, but it works out well in the end.
The directing was solid, some nice shots were put into this movie but Guido Henderickx had already proved himself worthy in his previous productions. The score was perfectly fitting the movie.
I recommend you to go see this movie if you like Flemish movies, but temper your expectations...
(If my English shows some failures, please forgive me because I speak Dutch)
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