Gilles, a 12 year old boy from the Brussels region, is a football (soccer) player. His dream is to become a member of the Belgian National Squad, the so called "Red Devils".
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Ilya Van Malderghem ...
Joke Devynck ...
Anne
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Bert
Pauline Grossen ...
Emma
Peter Bulckaen ...
Joris
Willy Manzi Kabera ...
Désiré
Kris Piekaert ...
Mark
Ninke Gryp ...
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Commissaris Willems
Warre Borgmans ...
Dr. de Vlieger
Hans De Munter ...
Dr. Kaaiman (as Hans de Munter)
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Trainer Provinciale Ploeg
Stan Van Samang ...
Trainer ploeg Gilles
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Scheidsrechter
Félicité Mukazibera ...
Oma Désiré
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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 KGF Vissers

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A poor experience
20 December 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

I got to see the movie on the avant-premiere and got there with mediocre expectations. From what I've seen earlier from Jan Verheyen, director of 'Buitenspel', I think he's representable as the average Belgian movie maker: he works with weak story lines, decent filming and acting. Belgian movie industry isn't doing well.

The film itself only confirmed what I was expecting from it. The plot was never surprising and kind of cheesy, the acting was good enough, and the camera work disappointing. As I had participated in this film as an extra in the crowd, I noticed there had been some severe cutting in the material that was made. Quite a shame.

To summarize: Verheyen does nothing more than delivering a film that deserves nothing more than a 5 out of 10, with some terrible cheesy moments, some nice scenes, but with an awful plot of which the quality only goes downward as the ending approaches.


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