13-year-old Gunther Strobbe grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he's being prepared for the same hapless life. Can he defy his destiny?
Felix van Groeningen
Koen De Graeve
Sort of a low-budget Short Cuts (1993), set in the Flemish port city of Antwerp on a warm day in June. Natalie, her brother Chouki, her boyfriend Walter and his ex Lara, the gallery keeper ... See full summary »
Diane De Belder,
Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.
Felix van Groeningen
Three guys in their twenties love wine and women but they are still virgins. Under the guise of a wine tour they embark on a journey to Spain hoping to have their first sexual experience. ... See full summary »
Roos Van Vlaenderen,
Robrecht Vanden Thoren
Germaine Debruycker is 18 when the workers at the Vieille Montagne factory, including her father, go on strike to obtain a 10 franc raise. The turbulent strike lasts for 9 weeks and changes their lives forever. Based on a true story.
Frank van Mechelen
Michel van Dousselaere
In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the ... See full summary »
Antje de Boeck
A brutal home-jacking goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off, leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth is released from prison and much... See full summary »
Steve + Sky is a story about two struggling teenagers who are trying to find their own place in the world. He is a small-time crook recently released from prison and she is a prostitute craving some love and affection. They find each other in an obscure part of Gent. Jean-Claude is responsible for their meeting ; he is also an ex-inmate who has just traded the low-life crime scene for life as a pimp. Will their love survive? Written by
Kenneth 'the sandman' Stoclet
The film starts off by a story told by Jean-Claude (played by a great Johan Heldenbergh), an amusing invalid with great dreams but with a little mind. The story is about a dispute between a father and a son. An Opel Cadet is the subject of this bizarre story. Throughout the movie this story keeps on coming back. Every character tells it in her/his own way - which is a beautiful character sketch. The explosion of the car opens up to the intro of the, in her own weird way, confident woman called sky (played by Delphine Bafort - who is actually a model).
The movie tells the tale of two people, Steve + Sky, living their marginal life. Steve (Titus Devoogt) is a crook who decides to turn his life around after his time in jail - this doesn't mean he's giving up stealing. He now wants his life to evolve around one person, himself. When Sky falls in love with him, after she had some bad luck with her last boyfriend, he acts as if he doesn't care and he will keep on acting that way, but in the end everyone knows he's in love with her too.
The thing that touched me the most was the ironical destruction. Every character in the movie likes to walk right into some kind of accident: Sky always falls in love with the wrong guys but still she keeps on bashing her head into these relationships; Steve is a crook and will always be a crook even in the worst moments he steals things; Claude has great dreams (Steve also falls for these dreams) and good intentions but he will always end up alone and even Claude's daughter has fatalistic impressions.
The strength of the movie is not the acting (which is quite good), but the directing job is simply astonishing. So much beauty in one movie, so many great situations and point of views and all that created by a simple Belgian director. The greatest moment in the movie for me was without doubt the ending where Steve crashes his motorcycle and ends up somewhere in a bush. Heavily bleeding he's lying there. Behind him there's a building with in big letters on it `GIVE BLOOD'. Magical comedy! This goes for the whole movie. A beauty!
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