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Ex Drummer (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 31 January 2007 (Belgium)
Three handicapped losers who form a band ask famous writer Dries to be their drummer. He joins the band and starts manipulating them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dries Vanhegen ...
Dries (as Dries Van Hegen)
Norman Baert ...
Koen de Geyter
Gunter Lamoot ...
Jan Verbeek
Sam Louwyck ...
Ivan Van Dorpe
François Beukelaers ...
Pa Verbeek
Bernadette Damman ...
Mother Verbeek
Joris Van Der Speeten ...
Jan Verbeek 10 years
Nancy Denijs ...
Ivan's Wife
Nomie Visser ...
Ivan's Daughter
Dolores Bouckaert ...
Barbara Callewaert ...
Jan Hammenecker ...
Dikke Lul
Vinnie Bonduwe ...
Friend Dikke Lul
Chantal Wannyn ...


Every village has its band of fools, trying to get to the top, following their idols in drug habits, but staying losers till the end of their pathetic days. They all do this in the name of rock & roll. Three disabled rock musicians are looking for a drummer. Dries, a well known writer, seems the right guy for the job, were it not for the fact that his only handicap is that he can't play the drums. He joins the group as a perfect, but evil god walking down his mountain to play with the populace. With the arrival of this infiltrator, personal disputes and family feuds start to jeopardize the band's fragile future. Dries will manipulate them till they are willing to drink each others blood and their only future is written down in many Punk lyrics: "No Future". Written by Koen Mortier

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31 January 2007 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Ena paraxeno kouarteto  »

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The movie was intended to be filmed by Jan Bucquoy (La vie sexuelle des Belges 1950-1978 (1994)) and an option was made for the novel but because the subsidies of the Flemish government were withdrawn for Camping Cosmos (1996) (made in 1996 not far from the location of Ex Drummer (2007)), he could not make the movie because of financial problems. The movie was made ten years later by Koen Mortier. See more »


Referenced in Quarto de espera (2009) See more »


Need You Now
by An Pierlé, Koen Gisen
Performed by An Pierlé & White Velvet
Courtesy of PIAS Recordings
under license from PIAS Recordings
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On a big screen, this one will leave You whimpering.
9 February 2010 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

There needs to be films made that have this type of shock effect to your mental and emotional system, but it took me three years to work it out. I watched it at the Gothenburg Film Festival and my immediate reaction was: "Heck, this shouldn't have been shown in public, I am now permanently damaged in my mind and in my soul. Help me." Now, however, after a few years of pondering the images and issues presented to me and how it was done, I must say that it is a masterpiece, utterly destroying previous conceptions of what the world is like. With great "wit" and "style" (I will refine these points!) the story is told in a rapid tempo and with no loose ends and no censoring. The "style" thing: I propose that this is realism taken to a new level, with the really, really shitty reality of these low-life misfits shown at its worst, both from within and from without as is should be presented, uncensored like a bad nightmare, but presented a if it were true. And this is the shocking part: the movie makes you feel like it is true. This is sort of balanced with the "wit" part; burlesque, ironic and totally black humour; to make a soup so thick it can't be swallowed without being chewed really well, and when you chew it you just want to spit it out because the taste makes you want to throw up. 9/10, would have got full points if it had actually made me throw up.

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