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Week-end ou La qualité de la vie (1972)

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the very origin of "Man Bites Dog"
3 September 2012 | by (Brussels, Belgium) – See all my reviews

As far as I remember, this "documentary" initially made for TV, which seems to work as a very free fiction about the casual meeting and immediate friendship between two men of opposite personalities during a weekend at the seaside (a jovial family man with wife and children, and a solitary amateur landscape painter) won the prize for best "film" of the year at the 1972 Belgian Film Festival, in Brussels. Its influence is obvious on the forthcoming thirty-year-long cult documentary series titled "Striptease"(Jean Libon and Marco Lamensch, 1985 -) which in its turn influenced a great deal the acclaimed "Man Bites Dog" (aka "C'est arrivé près de chez vous") by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel and Benoît Poelvoorde, one of the sensations of 1992 Cannes Fim Festival. Who knows if it will ever be possible to get a copy of it online ? A must see, however, if only for its unique approach in treating society issues, so typical of the ironical Belgian mood – or should we say humour noir ?


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