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Left Bank (2008) More at IMDbPro »Linkeroever (original title)


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26 March 2008 (Belgium) See more »
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When Marie moves into her boyfriend's apartment, she uncovers a disturbing mystery. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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DVD Review: Left Bank
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Eline Kuppens ... Marie

Matthias Schoenaerts ... Bob
Sien Eggers ... Bieke
Marilou Mermans ... Jeanne

Frank Vercruyssen ... Gilbert
Robbie Cleiren ... Dokter Verbeke
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Becquart ... Hella
Tinneke Boonen ... Tinneke - loopster 2
Sara De Bosschere ... Veerle
Jamahl Boukriss ... Verkoper (as Jamahl Boukhriss)
Siska Bouwen ... Katrien
Gauthier De Boulle ... Baby dream
Tom Dewispelaere ... Dirk
Darya Gantura ... Dunja (as Darya Kuznetsova)
Bert Haelvoet ... Agent Bob
Raymond Haesaerts ... Boogschutter Frank

Waléra Kanischtscheff ... Vlad (voice)
Manou Kersting ... Krabbeke Slijk
Gunther Lesage ... Postbode
Luc Nuyens ... Ostheopaat
Victor Peeters ... Stem politieman (as Vic Peeters)
Stefan Perceval ... Agent Eddy
Alain Pierre ... Vader van Marie
Anja Smolders ... Anja
Liesbeth Stas ... Klant
Marie Telter ... Baby
Ryszard Turbiasz ... Vlad
Peter van den Eede ... Conciërge (as Peter van den Eeden)
Teun Verbruggen ... Live band
Mark Verstraete ... Archivaris
Mauro Pawlowski ... Live band (uncredited)
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Directed by
Pieter Van Hees 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christophe Dirickx  writer
Dimitri Karakatsanis  writer
Pieter Van Hees  writer

Produced by
Peter De Maegd .... line producer
Bert Hamelinck .... producer
Kato Maes .... producer
Frank Van Passel .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Nicolas Karakatsanis 
 
Film Editing by
Nico Leunen 
 
Production Design by
Johan Van Essche 
 
Costume Design by
Judith van Herck 
 
Makeup Department
Diana Dreesen .... makeup department head
Saskia Verreycken .... prosthetics designer
 
Production Management
Ivy Vanhaecke .... post-production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eddy Stevesyns .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Bert Aerts .... sound editor trainee
Mathieu Cox .... sound re-recording mixer
Jan Deca .... sound
Toon Echelpoels .... boom operator
Senjan Jansen .... sound
Alexis Oscari .... foley recordist
Olivier Thys .... foley artist
Joeri Verspecht .... boom operator
 
Visual Effects by
Bert Deruyck .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gaetan De Poorter .... second assistant camera
Tim Janssens .... gaffer
Jan Lemmens .... grip
Toon Nelissen .... electrician
 
Editorial Department
Koen Maenhout .... telecine operator
Olivier Ogneux .... colorist
Bruno Pons .... assistant editor
Leslie Verbeeck .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Dimitri Verbeeck .... driver
 
Other crew
Peter Deuss .... production accountant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Linkeroever" - Belgium (original title)
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102 min
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First chapter of Pieter Van Hees's trilogy 'Anatomy of Love and Pain'. Was followed by Dirty Mind (2009) and Waste Land (2014).See more »
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Referenced in L'incertitude des choses (2013)See more »

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39 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Respectable Belgian horror, 26 October 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

My beloved Belgium country hasn't got much of an impressive history when it comes to horror cinema, but at least there have always been enthusiast and visionary directors that tried to make a difference. Back in the 70's there was Harry Kümel (whose movies "Malpertuis" and "Daughters of Darkness" are highly desired and acclaimed cult-collector items nowadays), then there's Jan Verheyen (who also hosts horror movie screenings on Belgian TV) and since recently we have Pieter Van Hees. Van Hees is an extremely devoted fan of the genre, as it is illustrated in his absurdly grotesque and engrossing short movie "Black XXX-Mas" as well as in this slow-brooding and atmospheric thriller "Linkeroever". The title literally means Left Bank and refers to a very well known living area in Antwerp. It's a reputedly "troubled" area since the Middle Ages already, with dark historical secrets and mysterious inhabitants, and thus the ideal setting for a sinister story. Marie is a young and talented but introvert athlete who suddenly falls ill and gets forced to cancel her participation in a prominent European tournament. She moves in with her new boyfriend Bobby and, mostly out of boredom, begins to investigate the mysterious unsolved disappearance of the previous tenant. I don't want to reveal too much about the complex and extremely unsettling story, but the script hints at horrific elements such as human sacrifices, reincarnation, pagan rites, excommunication, witches and super massive black holes. "Linkeroever" is basically a typical folklore tale, but set in a present day social environment and decorated with style & content elements that are borrowed from similarly-themed international horror classics like "The Wicker Man", "Blood on Satan's Skin" and "Rosemary's Baby". Pieter Van Hees generates a depressing and constantly grim atmosphere through simple tricks (autumn weather conditions, pauperized living areas…) and patiently takes the time to unfold the story and draw detailed character portraits. The denouement isn't that difficult to predict – especially not when you have experience with occult horror – but it nevertheless evokes a handful of genuine chills and nightmarish afterthoughts. Considering the fairly low budget and overall tense ambiance of the film, you shouldn't hope for a lot of bloodshed, though. Van Hees could rely on a professional crew as well. The photography, editing and musical guidance are damn close to brilliant and, following good old Belgian traditions, the film contains several dared but tasteful and quintessential sex sequences. Eline Kuppens is simply fantastic in her screen debut and she carries the entire motion picture like it's the easiest job in the world. She's a natural beauty with the talent and perseverance to make it even in the international film industry. Kuppens receives excellent support from the handsome young actor Matthias Schoenaerts and a couple of Flemish TV-screen veterans like Marilou Mermans, Frank Vercruyssen and Sien Eggers. Recommended for anyone who can speak the language and fundamental viewing for all Belgian film freaks.

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