MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 17,759 this week

Small Gods (2007)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 167 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 8 critic

After her son gets killed in a car crash, Elena loses all lust for life. Recovering from the crash in a hospital a stranger, David, kidnaps her and takes her for a mysterious journey in an old camper.

Writer:

(screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 10 titles
created 28 Dec 2011
 
a list of 250 titles
created 09 Jan 2013
 
a list of 54 titles
created 27 Oct 2013
 
list image
a list of 155 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 50 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Small Gods" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Small Gods (2007)

Small Gods (2007) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Small Gods.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Directors: Vincent Bal, Dirk Beliën, and 19 more credits »
Stars: Dorona Alberti, Bert André, Gene Bervoets
Waste Land (2014)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When his wife gets pregnant unexpectedly, homicide detective Leo Woeste starts losing himself more and more while he tries to solve one last very bizarre case before his child is born.

Director: Pieter Van Hees
Stars: Jérémie Renier, Natali Broods, Babetida Sadjo
Eldorado (2008)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Yvan finds a burglar in his house. He doesn't call the police and decides to give the young man a lift home to his parents.

Director: Bouli Lanners
Stars: Bouli Lanners, Fabrice Adde, Philippe Nahon
Nowhere Man I (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A drama about a fortysomething man who entertains fantasies of a different life. Staging his apparent death, he moves to an island but pines for his former existence, and wonders if he could return to it.

Director: Patrice Toye
Stars: Frank Vercruyssen, Sara de Roo, Wim Willaert
Kid (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The 7 year old Kid, his brother Billy and there mother living on a farm. The mother of the children's is always sad. One day something painful happened for the poor family and the kids have to make a future by themselves.

Director: Fien Troch
Stars: Bent Simons, Gabriela Carrizo, Maarten Meeusen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Shy, gentle half-wit Dennis, whose only obsession is train-spotting, is released early on account of good behavior after a rape sentence. His parents who run a modest barbershop, skeptic ... See full summary »

Director: Hilde Van Mieghem
Stars: Els Dottermans, Matthias Schoenaerts, Veerle Baetens
Johnny Walker (2015)
Comedy | Drama

A has-been Hollywood director is forced to confront his own fears in a Dostoevskian moral fable.

Director: Kris De Meester
Stars: Udo Kier, Eric Godon, Astrid Whettnall
Pulsar I (2010)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Samuel works in Brussels as a pharmaceutical delivery man. His gorgeous girlfriend Mireille heads off to New York to intern at a prestigious architecture firm. Shortly after her departure, ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Stockman
Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Tine Van den Wyngaert, Andrea Bardos
Cub (2014)
Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Over-imaginative 12 year-old Sam heads off to the woods to summer scout camp with his pack convinced he will encounter a monster...and he does.

Director: Jonas Govaerts
Stars: Stef Aerts, Evelien Bosmans, Titus De Voogdt
Cannibal (2010)
Horror | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Max is agoraphobic and lives in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. One night, he finds a beautiful unconscious woman (Bianca). Her body is covered with blood.

Director: Benjamin Viré
Stars: Nicolas Gob, Helena Coppejans, Jean Collard
Alice (2004)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Nurses in a psychiatric hospital talk about their lives on the border of reality and their patient's fantasy worlds.

Director: Thom Vander Beken
Stars: Caroline De Laere, Mieke Dhooge, Lut Georges
Perfect Drug (2012)
Short | Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Misha, Yumiko and Chinatsu are sitting in a parked car in front of a strange motel. In the backseat they have a huge amount of test tubes filled with different substances. It's clear that ... See full summary »

Director: Toon Aerts
Stars: Misha Downey, Fehmi Emsha, Yumiko Funaya
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Titus De Voogdt ...
David
Steffi Peeters ...
Elena
Marijke Pinoy ...
Moeder
Simon Van Braeckel ...
Jeremy
...
Advocaat
Pieter Van Hees ...
Fisherman
Louiza Vande Woestyne ...
Sarah
Edit

Storyline

After her son gets killed in a car crash, Elena loses all lust for life. Recovering from the crash in a hospital a stranger, David, kidnaps her and takes her for a mysterious journey in an old camper.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

on the road | See All (1) »

Taglines:

Elena's Elegy

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 January 2008 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Mikroi theoi  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Fujicolor)|

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fine example of the Belgian new wave
17 October 2008 | by (http://www.onderhond.com/archive/onderhond/category/movies) – See all my reviews

Belgian films, I used to hate them. For years, the only film worth watching was Man Bites Dog. And then, something changed. In four years time, several exciting directors found their way to the big screen. Out with the social dramas, let's welcome experimental genre films. Films like Calvaire, Any Way The Wind Blows and Ex-Drummer revived the Belgian movie scene and gave it a fresh start.

Latest addition to this list is Small Gods, a small film made by first-timer Dimitri Karakatsanis. With little to no financial backing he gathered a crew of generous professionals and amateurs who managed to create a film that can stand its own between the great of modern alternative cinema. Looking at Small Gods, I couldn't help but being reminded of Van Sant and Gallo, though Karakatsanis makes sure to add his unique style to the film.

While the visuals are awesome, it's the soundtrack that deserves the most attention. While there are plenty of films out there with experimental and/or stylish visuals, the soundtrack is probably the most overlooked element in most films. Not so in Small Gods. Eerie soundscapes, dark brooding buzzes, strange vocal tracks and even a part that is played completely backwards. The effect on the film is enormous, adding to the images to create an atmosphere that's tangible but often hard to place.

Karakatsanis is smart and puts the viewer in the middle of the story without any further context. We know little of what is going on and we are left with what we see and hear. This puts us in the same situation as the main character, who is kidnapped from a hospital bed and suffers from amnesia. This adds a lot of intrigue and tension to the film. Saying anything more about the events in the film would only spoil the experience.

Visually, the film is one big feast of stunning sequences, striking the perfect balance between gritty, dark overtones over a dreamy, poetic foundation. The camera is always moving, often close to the actors, but plays well with the lighting and manages to keep every shot special and different. One trick I especially liked was the blurriness of objects that should have been in focus. It's another point where the film tries to keep the viewer at a distance, only adding to the intrigue and restlessness of the experience.

The acting is all-round solid and, watching the film, you wouldn't know it was shot in two weeks with only a couple professionals and a shoestring budget. Karakatsanis made a small miracle happen, and for that the Belgian movie industry should take notice and make better use of the budgets at hand.

Small Gods is a unique film that is stylistically strong enough to impose a feeling on the viewer without much impulses from the story itself. This makes the first hour or so rather uneasy to watch without actually realizing why this is. It's an intense film with no flaws, packing a punch long after the end credits have faded from the screen. I just hope it gets all the attention it deserves. 4.5*/5*


6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Small Gods (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?