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Film 1 (1999)

Willem is furious when a journalist makes fun of him because he acts hysterical in court during the Agusta scandal. He decides to kidnap the man and find out everything about him, but he discovers more than he bargained for.

Director:

Willem Wallyn

Writer:

Willem Wallyn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Van den Begin ... Willem Wallyn
Carl Ridders Carl Ridders ... Jacques
Herbert Flack ... Johannes Van Buren
Luc Wallyn Luc Wallyn ... Luc Wallyn
Fujio Ishimaru Fujio Ishimaru ... Buitenlandse verslaggever (as Fujio Hishimaru)
Pascale Bal Pascale Bal ... Pascale
Sylvia Kristel ... Patron
Frank Vander Linden Frank Vander Linden ... Frank Vander Linden
David Steegen David Steegen ... David Steegen
Doris Van Caneghem Doris Van Caneghem ... Beerputvrouw
Dirk Jans Dirk Jans ... De Mens
Michel De Coster Michel De Coster ... De Mens
Frédéric Jannin Frédéric Jannin ... Saatchi
Stefan Liberski Stefan Liberski ... Saatchi
Luna Wallyn Luna Wallyn ... Dochter van Avermaet
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Storyline

Willem W. walks with his father to court on the first day of the Agusta-trial, the biggest corruption scandal in Belgian history, where the defendants are the former Nato Secretary General, politicians and... his father, who was responsible for the money laundering. Johannes Van Buren, the ambitious anchorman of the prime time television news, ridicules Willem - who refuses to talk to him - a bit by describing him as hysterical in court. Willem is furious. His friends, Frank and David, inspire him to kidnap Van Buren and investigate his private life. He'll give the journalist the treatment his family got : every juicy detail you'd want to hide in the open. He finds out more then he cares for, not exactly about the journalist but rather about himself. His search reads as a manual called "How to loose your ethics, ego and friends in a few days". Written by Hannelore Goossens

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Country:

Belgium

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

1 September 1999 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Piranha Blues See more »

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Canal+, Luna Films See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Remarkable debut about the media as a powerful tool to make or destroy peoples lives.
17 August 1999 | by ammekeSee all my reviews

At the very moment his father is walking towards the courtroom to be judged in what is called THE Belgian corruption scandal of the last decade, director Willem Wallyn sends an actor along with him in the role of himself. This is the start of a remarkable debut long play movie about the media as a powerful tool to make or destroy peoples lives. The trial itself, which took place in December 1998, is further only the setting of the story in which Willem Wallyn (played by Peter Van Den Begin) is taking revenge for being threatened by a television journalist (played by Herbert Flack) who wants to get to the so-called "juicy" details of his fathers involvement in the corruption scandal. Although this could be the start of a rather boring Hollywood story about good and bad, it is not the case. We get a quite balanced picture of the two main characters : a television journalist who is squeezed between "good manners" and his own weakness for fame; and the son, a lawyer, who justifies his behavior by seeming to defend the honor of this father but who is at the same time very anxious about his personal success. The story is further designed in a very grasping way: little explaining but lively dialogues and a lot of good use of visual and audible effects which create the right aggressive and grim atmosphere of the world of media and lawyers. Congratulations !


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