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Ex Drummer (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 31 January 2007 (Belgium)
Three handicapped losers who form a band ask famous writer Dries to be their drummer. He joins the band and starts manipulating them.

Director:

Koen Mortier

Writers:

Herman Brusselmans (novel), Koen Mortier (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dries Vanhegen Dries Vanhegen ... Dries (as Dries Van Hegen)
Norman Baert Norman Baert ... Koen de Geyter
Gunter Lamoot Gunter Lamoot ... Jan Verbeek
Sam Louwyck ... Ivan Van Dorpe
François Beukelaers François Beukelaers ... Pa Verbeek
Bernadette Damman Bernadette Damman ... Mother Verbeek
Joris Van Der Speeten Joris Van Der Speeten ... Jan Verbeek 10 years
Nancy Denijs Nancy Denijs ... Ivan's Wife
Nomie Visser Nomie Visser ... Ivan's Daughter
Dolores Bouckaert Dolores Bouckaert ... Lio
Wim Willaert ... Jimmy
Barbara Callewaert Barbara Callewaert ... Christine
Jan Hammenecker Jan Hammenecker ... Dikke Lul
Vinnie Bonduwe Vinnie Bonduwe ... Friend Dikke Lul
Chantal Wannyn Chantal Wannyn ... Erna
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Storyline

Every village has its band of fools, trying to get to the top, following their idols in drug habits, but staying losers till the end of their pathetic days. They all do this in the name of rock & roll. Three disabled rock musicians are looking for a drummer. Dries, a well known writer, seems the right guy for the job, were it not for the fact that his only handicap is that he can't play the drums. He joins the group as a perfect, but evil god walking down his mountain to play with the populace. With the arrival of this infiltrator, personal disputes and family feuds start to jeopardize the band's fragile future. Dries will manipulate them till they are willing to drink each others blood and their only future is written down in many Punk lyrics: "No Future". Written by Koen Mortier

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Music

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Country:

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Language:

Dutch | Flemish

Release Date:

31 January 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Ena paraxeno kouarteto See more »

Filming Locations:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$231,156
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was intended to be filmed by Jan Bucquoy (The Sex Life of the Belgians (1994)) and an option was made for the novel but because the subsidies of the Flemish government were withdrawn for Camping Cosmos (1996) (made in 1996 not far from the location of Ex Drummer (2007)), he could not make the movie because of financial problems. The movie was made ten years later by Koen Mortier. See more »

Quotes

Lio: Why do you want to play with that f**king band?
Dries: I don't really know. I think I want to step outside my happy world. Descend into the depths of stupidity, ugliness, obtuseness, unfaithfulness and fakeness. Latch onto the life of losers, but without belonging to that world - and in the knowledge that I can always return to my own world... and to you.
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Referenced in Waiting Room (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Hello From The Underground
by Djinn Alaimo
Performed by Blutch
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Surreal, Politically Incorrect Black Comedy
14 December 2008 | by Rapeman13See all my reviews

Based on a story by infamous Belgian novelist Herman Brusselmans, Ex Drummer is a dismal, nihilistic trip into the world of three handicapped gentlemen who want to start a rock band.

The local battle of the bands is coming up and Koen, Jan & Ivan want to participate, the only problem is they don't have a drummer. They soon decide to ask local author Dries to join their band, thinking his celebrity status may give them a better chance at winning. Seeing as all the members have their own particular handicaps, they ask Dries what his is - it seems he can't play the drums.

The band is a motley crew indeed; vocalist / guitarist Koen is a horny, skinhead rapist with a horrible lisp, bassist Jan is gay with a paralysed right arm and an obsessive mother complex, and rhythm guitarist Ivan is a deaf junkie who treats his wife and child like sh!t. Dries accepts the invitation to join their band purely for his own amusement and in the hope that he'll get a story idea from it. They name their band The Feminists.

Ex Drummer overflows with glorious politically incorrect offensiveness: rape, pedophilia, rampant misogyny, racism, homophobia, infant death, incest… there's really something for everyone. Although with the misanthropic attitude and overall bleak atmosphere coexists a sense of the surreal and an undertone of pitch black comedy. For instance the scene where Big Dick, a member of a rival band with a horse-sized appendage, forces his wife to show her wrecked vagina to Dries, the two men literally walk around in her womb as Big Dick points out the tunnel he's carved out with his mammoth member. The film doesn't shy away from graphic violence either, particularly in the last quarter - there's some rather gruesome death scenes and an extremely bloody rape / castration.

Ex Drummer is quite technically accomplished and visually stunning at times too, bizarre sequences such as the one mentioned above don't really seem out of the ordinary when Koen the skinhead rapist lives upside down in his blood-splattered house, and some scenes are shot completely backwards. The camera-work and editing are utterly frenzied - especially during the final concert - with certain sequences being superimposed one on top of the another. The fantastic soundtrack deserves a mention here too, the film opens with the awesome Lighting Bolt track 2 Morro Morro Land and continues on with songs that complement the often harsh imagery on display. The bands in the film are actually quite decent also, they all have a similar lo-fi gutter-punk sound, and The Feminists do a wicked cover of DEVO's Mongoloid.

A highly impressive feature film debut from Koen Mortier and a must see for fans of transgressive cinema.


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