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Aanrijding in Moscou (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 30 January 2008 (Belgium)
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Matty, a 41-year old mother of three with a husband in his midlife-crisis, meets 29-year old Johnny, a truck driver, who takes an interest in her.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Barbara Sarafian ... Matty
Jurgen Delnaet ... Johnny
Johan Heldenbergh ... Werner
Anemone Valcke ... Vera
Sofia Ferri Sofia Ferri ... Fien
Julian Borsani Julian Borsani ... Peter
Bob De Moor Bob De Moor ... Jacques
Jits Van Belle Jits Van Belle ... Nicky
Griet van Damme ... Nathalie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisa Buylaert Lisa Buylaert ... Fliekes 1
Yvonne Delcour Yvonne Delcour ... Oud Dametje
Thomas Dhanens Thomas Dhanens ... Bediende
Camille Friant Camille Friant ... Iris
Rania Gaaloul Rania Gaaloul ... Fliekes 2
Frederik Imbo Frederik Imbo ... Maxime
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Storyline

Matty is a 41-year old troubled married woman. Or, as she puts it, her husband is going through a midlife crisis, her oldest daughter is in puberty, her youngest daughter thinks she's in puberty and her son can't find his way into puberty. And, after an accident when leaving the parking lot of the local supermarket, her car needs a repair. To her surprise and disbelief, the 29-year old driver whose truck she hits (Johnny), takes an interest in her. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Belgium

Language:

Flemish | Dutch

Release Date:

30 January 2008 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Moscow, Belgium See more »

Filming Locations:

Ghent, Flanders, Belgium

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Budget:

€725,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$183,594 (Belgium), 3 February 2008, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Jurgen Delnaet, Johnny had to take lessons to drive the truck in the film. As he failed his final exam the production had to put an experienced tutor in the truck during the takes. See more »

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When the accident occurs, the license plate on Johnny's truck reads "BPS-701". Later, when Johnny fixes Matty's car, her car has the exact same license plates. See more »

Quotes

Johnny: Do you know what they say in Italy?
Johnny: 'Ti Amo'
Matty: D'you know what they say in Ledeberg?
Matty: 'Kiss my ass!'
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Ieder Mens Maakt Ooit Een Fout
Written by Harry Silver, Jeano G
Performed by Suzy Van Herbergen
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Solid Sleeper From Abroad
7 June 2009 | by gcrokusSee all my reviews

If you want a little foreign flavor added to your usual movie-going experience, consider seeing "Moscow Belgium|" in the near future. It is one of the best small films to come along so far this year.

The movie begins simply enough – a harried mother (Barbara Sarafian as Matty) backs into a truck in the supermarket parking lot. The owner of the truck (Jurgen Delnaet as Johnny) steps down. Fingerpointing and verbal abuse of course follows; only the eventual arrival of the police keeps the situation from becoming any uglier than it is.

Later that day we see Matty bathing; her daughter interrupts her to say there is a phone call from Johnny. Matty blows this off, and despite the continued advances of Johnny Matty remains stoically immune to his attentions.

We find that Matty's art-professor husband has moved out to carry on an affair with one of his students. Matty would like a normal life; her kids, her husband and her lack of funds frustrates her. And now there is this persistent guy whom she tells she doesn't need any more things in her life.

But we can see that Johnny will not be shaken off as easily as that. So the balance of the movie essentially prances about the central theme; should she accept Johnny in her life or have her husband come back into her life?

Barbara Sarafian is a wonderful actress, playing straight-faced to all – her colleague at work, her suitors and her children. She convincingly conveys Matty's worn-down attitude; and according to her (interview at buzzine.com/2009/01/christophe-van-rompaey-interview) "you suspect that there is a bomb inside of her".

And so I leave it to you to see how Matty handles all her concerns and decides which is the best course for what probably be the rest of her life. I don't think you will for a second be disappointed with the outcome.

Three stars.


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