iCM Forum's Favourite Movies from the Benelux - ballot

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1. 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

2. The Right of the Weakest (2006)

116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In Liège, a group of men gathers every day in a café situated near the steel factory which once reigned supreme. They play cards in a warm atmosphere but that hardly masks their quiet ... See full summary »

Director: Lucas Belvaux | Stars: Éric Caravaca, Lucas Belvaux, Claude Semal, Patrick Descamps

Votes: 626

3. Bullhead (2011)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Sint-Truiden, Belgium. Jacky, a young cattle farmer who is constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader.

Director: Michaël R. Roskam | Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy, Barbara Sarafian

Votes: 20,880 | Gross: $0.15M

4. The Sea That Thinks (2000)

100 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy

Incredible optical illusions in a story in a story in a story helps the surprised viewer finally to find out that he has been watching himself all along.

Director: Gert de Graaff | Stars: Bart Klever, Devika Strooker, Rick de Leeuw, Don Duyns

Votes: 480

5. Regen (1929)

12 min | Short, Documentary

Rain falls on a Dutch city.

Directors: Mannus Franken, Joris Ivens

Votes: 1,379

6. 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

7. Simon Konianski (2009)

100 min | Comedy

Simon, 35, has returned to live temporarily with his father. They make life unbearable for each other. To add spice to this situation, Uncle Maurice and Aunt Mala, Ernest's brother and ... See full summary »

Director: Micha Wald | Stars: Jonathan Zaccaï, Popeck, Nassim Ben Abdelmoumen, Abraham Leber

Votes: 266

8. The Northerners (1992)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

During the summer of 1960, the idiosyncratic residents of a one-street Dutch suburb collide in intertwining stories of desire and frustration.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Jack Wouterse, Annet Malherbe, Rudolf Lucieer, Loes Wouterson

Votes: 2,671

9. L'homme qui répare les femmes: la colère d'Hippocrate (2015)

Not Rated | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, News

Winner of the Sakharov Prize 2014, Doctor Mukwege is internationally known as the man who mends thousands of women who have been raped during the 20 years of conflicts in the East of the ... See full summary »

Director: Thierry Michel | Stars: Martin Spinhayer, Denis Mukwege Mukengere, Hillary Clinton

Votes: 98

10. The Sound of Belgium (2012)

85 min | Documentary, History, Music

'The Sound of Belgium' explores the rich but untold story of Belgian electronic dance music. From the grand dance halls with Decap organs to the golden days of Popcorn; From dark and cold ... See full summary »

Director: Jozef Deville | Star: John Flanders

Votes: 373

11. 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

12. Les Cowboys (2015)

R | 104 min | Drama

67 Metascore

When his daughter goes missing from their prairie town east of France, Alain and his young son, Kid, head out to find her. The journey takes the men to some far-off and unsettling places in what begins to feel like an endless quest.

Director: Thomas Bidegain | Stars: François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield, Agathe Dronne, Ellora Torchia

Votes: 1,818 | Gross: $0.07M

13. The Red Turtle (2016)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Fantasy

86 Metascore

A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit | Stars: Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson, Baptiste Goy, Axel Devillers

Votes: 25,737 | Gross: $0.92M

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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

18. The Ardennes (2015)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama

47 Metascore

A brutal home-jacking by two brothers goes hopelessly wrong, and one of them goes to prison. Four years later, his brother tries to help him get his life back on track.

Director: Robin Pront | Stars: Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval, Veerle Baetens, Jan Bijvoet

Votes: 4,232 | Gross: $0.01M

19. A Town Called Panic (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

70 Metascore

Cowboy and Indian's only wish was to come up with a brilliant idea for Mr Horse's birthday, but when their plan ends up in utter disaster, they'll need to travel the world and back to make things right again.

Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar | Stars: Stéphane Aubier, Jeanne Balibar, Nicolas Buysse, François De Brigode

Votes: 7,040 | Gross: $0.17M

20. Ne me quitte pas (2013)

107 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

Set in a village on the edge of Belgium, Bob, Flemish, and Marcel, Walloon share their solitude, sense of humor and craving for alcohol.

Directors: Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden | Stars: Bob, Marcel

Votes: 340

21. Cafard (2015)

86 min | Animation, Drama

1914. While Jean Mordant is winning the title of Wrestling Champion of the World, back home in Ostend his daughter Mimi is raped by German soldiers. Jean swears to avenge her and enrolls in... See full summary »

Director: Jan Bultheel | Stars: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Sebastien Dewaele, Benoit Dobbelstein, Dinara Drukarova

Votes: 210

22. Toute une nuit (1982)

90 min | Drama

Following over two dozen different people in the almost wordless atmosphere of a dark night in a Brussels town, Akerman examines acception and rejection in the realm of romance.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Aurore Clément, Tchéky Karyo, Angelo Abazoglou, Frank Aendenboom

Votes: 512

23. The Misfortunates (2009)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

13-year-old Gunther Strobbe grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he's being prepared for the same hapless life. Can he defy his destiny?

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Kenneth Vanbaeden, Valentijn Dhaenens, Koen De Graeve, Wouter Hendrickx

Votes: 8,874

24. 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

25. 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

26. Sud (1999)

71 min | Documentary

A documentary examining the effect of a man dragged to death on the residents in Jasper, Texas.

Director: Chantal Akerman

Votes: 183

27. La cinquième saison (2012)

93 min | Drama, Mystery

In a scenic Belgian village, nature is turning its back on man. How will the locals cope with this new reality?

Directors: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth | Stars: Aurélia Poirier, Django Schrevens, Sam Louwyck, Gill Vancompernolle

Votes: 1,258

28. 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

29. Flesh+Blood (1985)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Drama

In medieval Europe, a young girl from a noble family is obsessed with her captors--commoners.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Burlinson, Jack Thompson

Votes: 15,292 | Gross: $0.10M

30. The Vanishing (1988)

Not Rated | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.

Director: George Sluizer | Stars: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus

Votes: 30,386

31. 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

32. Baby Balloon (2013)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

Bici, an 18 years old talented rock singer from Liege has a crush on her bandmate, but she has some competition to win him over.

Director: Stefan Liberski | Stars: Ambre Grouwels, César Domboy, Philippe Rebbot, Pauline Parigot

Votes: 55

33. 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

34. 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



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