Flemish greater Brussels grocer Bert transferred his true passion, aiming for the national football (soccer) team, missed due to a knee injury, to his eager son Gilles (12), whom he coaches tirelessly. Excessive anger at the referee during the match when a scout may select Gilles for the provincial team, a crucial step, proves fatal for Bert's heart. Gilles is frustrated that both the grocery shop and his mother gradually are taken over by football-ignorant accountant Joris and imagines still being coached by father. His own foot injury will either delay his ambition at a crucial or may end it altogether if not treated properly. Written by
OK, I admit. This movie is filled with clichés that return in almost any Flemish movie. A funeral, about one of our national sports (soccer or cycling) and the same actors in almost any movie.
But none of that matters. It simply is a great movie. Touching, funny, tear jerking...
The acting is very decent and the tension between the characters is always present.
Some people say that is has boring camera work, but who cares? It's functional. The accent is on the characters, not on the camera movement I'm not a soccer fan, but you don't need to be to like this one.
The title means "Sidelined". And that's exactly what this movie is about.
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