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Ghost Tropic (2019)

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After a long day at work, Khadija falls asleep on the last subway train. When she wakes up at the end of the line, she has no choice but to make her way home on foot.


Bas Devos


Bas Devos
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Saadia Bentaïeb ... Khadija
Laurent Kumba Laurent Kumba ... Colleague
Jovial Mbenga Jovial Mbenga ... Colleague
Sara Sampelayo Sara Sampelayo ... Colleague
Mieke De Groote Mieke De Groote ... Colleague
Anemone Valcke ... Colleague
Stefan Gota Stefan Gota ... Security Guard
Edoardo Ripani Edoardo Ripani ... Night Bus Passenger
Lunaluz Sanchez Lunaluz Sanchez ... Night Bus Passenger
Simon Allemeersch Simon Allemeersch ... Night Bus Passenger
Jesse Cremers Jesse Cremers ... Night Bus Passenger
Valeria Bene Valeria Bene ... Night Bus Passenger
Ousmane Ousmane ... Night Bus Passenger
Leen Michels Leen Michels ... Night Bus Passenger
Petronella Petronella ... Night Bus Passenger


58-year-old Maghrebi cleaning woman Khadija (Saadia Bentaïeb) falls asleep on the last train home after a long evening at work. She awakens at the end of the line and has little choice but to make her way home on foot as Brussels sleeps, which gives Khadija a unique opportunity to become intimately acquainted with the beauty of the city she calls home. GHOST TROPIC made its world premiere as part of the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Written by Mae Moreno

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Fascinating journey
18 June 2020 | by GimmeThatSteadycamSee all my reviews

This is my first Bas Devos film, and I must say it made me very much eager to watch his other outings.

The cinematography is fitting and inventive, with lots of attention given to lighting and composition. The acting is very natural: the scene with the teenage girl comes to mind. The relatively short runtime compensates for its slowness.

Next to all of this, the film makes one think about the experience of living as a working middle-aged Muslim woman in Western Europe, which is a refreshing perspective in cinema.

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Belgium | Netherlands


Dutch | French

Release Date:

28 August 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost Tropic See more »

Filming Locations:

Brussels, Belgium

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Technical Specs



Color (16 mm KODAK film)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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