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Herman Brusselmans (novel)
Koen Mortier (screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 January 2007 (Belgium) See more »
Three handicapped losers who form a band ask famous writer Dries to be their drummer. He joins the band and starts manipulating them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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 ... Lio

Wim Willaert ... Jimmy
Barbara Callewaert ... Christine
Jan Hammenecker ... Dikke Lul
Vinnie Bonduwe ... Friend Dikke Lul
Chantal Wannyn ... Erna
Tristan Versteven ... Dorian
Sebastien Dewaele ... Stef Vanneste
Hans Claerhout ... Fan Dries
Eric Vanrenterghem ... Mayor
Flip Kowlier ... Jury Member
Frank Dubbe ... Jury Member
Kurt Vandemaele ... Jury Member
Sophia Theys ... Jury Member
Peggy Heyninck ... Woman Parking Lot
Patrick Cronenberg ... Buss Driver
Sylviane Aliet ... Woman car
Marcel Deblauwe ... Referee
Greta Baert Bruynoghe ... Mother Koen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vildan Maksuti ... Rocker

Directed by
Koen Mortier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Herman Brusselmans  novel
Koen Mortier  screenplay

Produced by
Ruben Goots .... executive producer
Eurydice Gysel .... producer
Koen Mortier .... producer
Original Music by
Flip Kowlier 
Guy Van Nueten 
Cinematography by
Glynn Speeckaert 
Film Editing by
Manu Van Hove 
Casting by
Kris De Meester 
Art Direction by
Geert Paredis 
Costume Design by
Catherine Marchand 
Art Department
Jeroen Bogaert .... set dresser
Diego Deceuninck .... construction assistant
Kurt Rigolle .... props
Peggy Verstraeten .... set dresser
Peggy Verstraeten .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Mathieu Cox .... re-recording mixer
Marc Engels .... sound
Aline Gavroy .... foley re-recording mixer
Senjan Jansen .... sound designer
Olivier Thys .... foley artist
Seppe van Groeningen .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Bert Deruyck .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Bart Bleuze .... first assistant camera
Wouter Dewilde .... first assistant camera: second unit
Jan Lemmens .... grip
Philippe de Smet .... key grip
Dieter Van der Eecken .... gaffer
Olivier Van Tendeloo .... clapper loader
Dieter Vanderbeke .... electrician
Jo Vermaercke .... Steadicam operator
Jo Voets .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Arnout Deurinck .... digital intermediate supervisor
Other crew
Nicolas Daenens .... making-of
Koen Maenhout .... scanning technician

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Also Known As:
"My Way Is the Highway" - International (English title) (closing credits title)
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UK:101 min | Belgium:90 min | Canada:104 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:100 min
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Did You Know?

Rival band in the movie, "Harry Mulisch", is named after prominent Dutch writer Harry Mulisch.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in L'incertitude des choses (2013)See more »
Time Hangs Heavy On Your HandsSee more »


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11 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Weirdness taken one step too far, 20 May 2008
Author: Superunknovvn from Austria, Vienna

"Ex Drummer" starts out great. The setting and plot are so wacky it's a delight. The characters alternately amuse and shock you with their actions. The movie has been described as a "Trainspotting" for the new millennium and while the comparison isn't totally fitting, "Ex Drummer" shares the run down cast of freaks with the Ewan McGregor vehicle.

The first half is totally brilliant, original, refreshing and with a great soundtrack as the icing on the cake. In the second half, however, the movie loses some of its wit. It's there that you realize that "Ex Drummer" isn't really going anywhere, although it all started so promising. Characters just hit, abuse and swear at each other for no apparent reason and it all becomes a bit tiring.

The movie's ending is rather anti-climatic. The credits role and you're left puzzled, feeling that this could have made a much bigger impact on you, if the story had gone somewhere else. Maybe that's not the movie's fault but the fault of the novel, which it is based upon.

In the end "Ex Drummer" is a refreshing example of non-American film-making. It will leave you with your mouth open more than just a few times. Unfortunately, the beginning promises more than the rest of the movie can keep. Still, "Ex Drummer" is a must-see. One of the most unusual movies of the past ten years.

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