Lonewolf2003's Favorite Benelux Movies

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My favorite movies from the Benelux

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1. Rosetta (1999)

R | 95 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Émilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux, Olivier Gourmet

Votes: 11,630 | Gross: $0.26M

2. The Son (2002)

99 min | Drama, Mystery

86 Metascore

A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Olivier Gourmet, Morgan Marinne, Isabella Soupart, Nassim Hassaïni

Votes: 8,412 | Gross: $0.07M

3. Lorna's Silence (2008)

R | 105 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Sokol and Lorna, two Albanian emigrants in Belgium, dream of leaving their dreary jobs to set up a snack bar. They need money, and a permanent resident status. Claudy is a junkie - he needs... See full summary »

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Arta Dobroshi, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Alban Ukaj

Votes: 7,883 | Gross: $0.34M

4. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Not Rated | 202 min | Drama

A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze

Votes: 5,900 | Gross: $0.02M

5. Toto the Hero (1991)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into... See full summary »

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Mireille Perrier, Jo De Backer, Thomas Godet

Votes: 5,017 | Gross: $1.23M

6. The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Music, Romance

70 Metascore

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert Van Rampelberg

Votes: 36,750 | Gross: $0.18M

7. Two Days, One Night (2014)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama

89 Metascore

Liège, Belgium. Sandra is a factory worker who discovers that her workmates have opted for a EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée, Baptiste Sornin

Votes: 41,608 | Gross: $1.44M

8. Simon (2004)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

59 Metascore

A mild-mannered gay dentist and a hedonist womanizer rekindle their unlikely friendship when the latter's terminal cancer drives them back together after a decade apart.

Director: Eddy Terstall | Stars: Cees Geel, Marcel Hensema, Rifka Lodeizen, Nadja Hüpscher

Votes: 7,814 | Gross: $0.00M

9. Ben X (2007)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games.

Director: Nic Balthazar | Stars: Marijke Pinoy, Greg Timmermans, Cesar De Sutter, Gilles De Schryver

Votes: 17,842 | Gross: $0.00M

10. The Promise (1996)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

82 Metascore

Roger uses his son Igor to ruthlessly traffic and exploit undocumented immigrants. When one of the immigrants is killed, Igor is guilt-ridden and wants to care for the dead man's family against his father's orders.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Assita Ouedraogo, Jean-Michel Balthazar

Votes: 6,573 | Gross: $0.45M

11. The Unknown Girl (2016)

Unrated | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

A female doctor gets obsessed with the case of a dead woman after learning that the woman had died shortly after having rung her door for help.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, Louka Minnella

Votes: 6,210 | Gross: $0.15M

12. La deuxième nuit (2016)

75 min | Documentary

On the death of his mother, a filmmaker makes a film to see how much her disappearance has changed his vision of the world. It is an opportunity for him to look back over his relationship ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Pauwels

Votes: 27

13. The Kid with a Bike (2011)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama

87 Metascore

Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Thomas Doret, Cécile de France, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione

Votes: 24,792 | Gross: $1.38M

14. Soldier of Orange (1977)

R | 165 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

During WWII, Dutch students join the resistance movement against the German occupation of the Netherlands.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbé, Susan Penhaligon, Edward Fox

Votes: 10,326

15. Borgman (2013)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

66 Metascore

A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Alex van Warmerdam

Votes: 14,780 | Gross: $0.06M

16. Man Bites Dog (1992)

NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.

Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Nelly Pappaert, Hector Pappaert

Votes: 33,687 | Gross: $0.21M

17. The 4th Man (1983)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A man who has been having visions of an impending danger begins an affair with a woman who may lead him to his doom.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Jeroen Krabbé, Renée Soutendijk, Thom Hoffman, Dolf de Vries

Votes: 6,477

18. Cloaca (2003 TV Movie)

108 min | Drama, Comedy

Four old college friends in their forties come together in a time of trouble and despair. Old joy relives, but the harsh reality of their problems can't satisfy them and eventually endangers their friendships.

Director: Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen | Stars: Peter Blok, Pierre Bokma, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Jaap Spijkers

Votes: 1,658

19. Ernest & Celestine (2012)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

86 Metascore

The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.

Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 16,207 | Gross: $0.29M

20. Little Sister (1995)

91 min | Drama, Mystery

Martijn is obsessed with his younger sister Daantje and visits her to make a documentary about her. He manages to invade Daantje's life with his video camera, but soon unresolved issues from a distant past come to the surface.

Director: Robert Jan Westdijk | Stars: Kim van Kooten, Romijn Conen, Hugo Metsers, Bert Pot

Votes: 2,242

21. The Child (2005)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Jérémie Renier, Déborah François, Jérémie Segard, Fabrizio Rongione

Votes: 16,564 | Gross: $0.65M

22. Any Way the Wind Blows (2003)

127 min | Comedy, Drama

Sort of a low-budget Short Cuts (1993), set in the Flemish port city of Antwerp on a warm day in June. Natalie, her brother Chouki, her boyfriend Walter and his ex Lara, the gallery keeper ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Barman | Stars: Frank Vercruyssen, Diane De Belder, Eric Kloeck, Natali Broods

Votes: 2,303

23. Zoo (1961)

10 min | Documentary, Short

Who is watching who in the zoo?

Director: Bert Haanstra

Votes: 442

24. Matterhorn (2013)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

A lonely widower finds himself facing both his own regrets and his devout Calvinist community when he takes a deranged vagrant into his home.

Director: Diederik Ebbinge | Stars: Ton Kas, René van 't Hof, Porgy Franssen, Ariane Schluter

Votes: 1,623

25. The Penknife (1991)

90 min | Drama, Family

Mees has a problem. By accident he took his best friend's pocket knife home with him. Unfortunately he is too late to return it as the next day Tim moves house. All that Mees knows is that ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Sombogaart | Stars: Olivier Tuinier, Verno Romney, Adelheid Roosen, Genio de Groot

Votes: 958

26. Part of the Weekend Never Dies (2008)

60 min | Documentary, Music

Rockumentary about the brothers Dewaele. They became a worldwide phenomenon through Soulwax and 2manydj's.

Directors: Saam Farahmand, Soulwax | Stars: David Dewaele, Stephen Dewaele, Soulwax

Votes: 370

27. All Stars (1997)

115 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Leading up to their 500th match, the late twenty-something members of a Dutch amateur soccer team have their intimate bond put to the test as they each find themselves facing increasing responsibilities off the pitch.

Director: Jean van de Velde | Stars: Danny de Munk, Antonie Kamerling, Daniël Boissevain, Peter Paul Muller

Votes: 2,546

28. Flatlife (2004)

10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The lives and interactions of four neighbours in an apartment building are seen simultaneously in four different rooms.

Director: Jonas Geirnaert

Votes: 638

29. Voyeur (I) (1986)

100 min | Comedy

A well-to-do, shut-in thirty-something faces city life, family secrets and his own quirks when he is finally thrown out by his parents.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Alex van Warmerdam, Henri Garcin, Olga Zuiderhoek, Annet Malherbe

Votes: 2,020

30. The Human Dutch (1964)

90 min | Documentary

How do the Dutch people live? Hidden cameras filmed the crowds on the beach, during carnival time, skating on the ice plains...

Director: Bert Haanstra | Stars: Simon Carmiggelt, Bert Haanstra, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 411

31. It's All So Quiet (2013)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A middle aged farmer, living with his old and bedridden father, tries to find truth in life.

Director: Nanouk Leopold | Stars: Jeroen Willems, Henri Garcin, Wim Opbrouck, Martijn Lakemeier

Votes: 904 | Gross: $0.00M

32. The Giants (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Adventure, Drama

Brothers Seth and Zak, fifteen and thirteen & 3/4 years old, are spending the summer in their deceased grandfather's house, waiting in vain for their mother, who is otherwise busy, and ... See full summary »

Director: Bouli Lanners | Stars: Zacharie Chasseriaud, Martin Nissen, Paul Bartel, Karim Leklou

Votes: 1,655



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