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Moscow, Belgium (2008)

Aanrijding in Moscou (original title)
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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Box Office

Budget:

EUR725,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,715
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot on 20 days on a shoestring budget. 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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Mona Lisa
Written by Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
Performed by Jurgen Delnaet
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It started with a ...fender bender!
4 March 2012 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

I don't usually write comments for any genres other than horror and cult movies, and definitely not for romantic comedies, but I gladly want to make an exception for this original and totally refreshing "feel-good" flick from my beloved home country Belgium. The film is an excellent effort, with spontaneous and identifiable characters, recognizable situations, genuine laughs and natural performances. There's a whole lot of typical stuff that only Flemish people will fully comprehend, like the excessive use of regional dialects for example, but the film can nevertheless appeal to international audiences due to the innovative twist on the usual romantic comedy formula and the unpretentious atmosphere throughout. The story takes place in the rather unusually named community Moscou; very near to the beautiful city of Ghent in Belgium. Matty, a 41-year-old mother of three children, is a sad and pitiably looking wreck ever since her husband left his family for an affair with a young student. It's been more than five months now and Matty still hopes that it's just a temporary fling and everything will get back to normal. When she has a banal little collision with a truck on the parking of a supermarket, she freaks out and loudly yells at the much younger truck driver. Since then, Johnny the robust and macho truck driver purchases the middle-aged woman and tries hard to seduce her. Matty, although in conflict with her persona and common sense, eventually falls for Johnny's playful charms … But then her husband chooses to return home. One of the several strengths of "Moscow, Belgium" (literally the title translates as "Collision in Moscow") are the everyday personalities of the characters. They're genuinely real people, with certain qualities but even more weaknesses, and react exactly like anyone else would react in particular situations. It's also fascinating how this type of story is something that can take place right next to your doorstep, so to speak. It's a film without explosions, car chases or spectacular stunts… just an absorbing story about people and the feelings they would rather oppress than enjoy. And it's funny! "Moscow, Belgium" isn't overly vulgar or absurd, like too many other nowadays comedies are, but the gags are always nicely timed and effective. Barbara Sarafian, ever since the release of this film an enormously popular actress in Belgium, gives a truly stellar performance as the emotionally troubled woman and she forms a terrific – albeit deviating – on screen couple with Jurgen Delnaet. There are also splendid supportive roles for Johan Heldenbergh as the rather despicable husband and Anemone Valcke as the rebellious teenage daughter.

Funniest dialogue of the entire film: daughter (upon hearing her mother spent the night with the trucker): "Mom, he's like twelve years younger than you are!" Mother (with a naughty grin still on her face): "Yeah … I felt that!"


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