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The Misfortunates (2009)

De helaasheid der dingen (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 9 April 2010 (USA)
A thirty-something novelist and impending father looks back on his all-too-formative years in the hapless, alcohol-ridden milieu of his youth in 1980s rural Flanders, Belgium.

Writers:

Christophe Dirickx (screenplay), Dimitri Verhulst (novel) | 1 more credit »
8 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Vanbaeden Kenneth Vanbaeden ... Kleine Gunther
Valentijn Dhaenens ... Gunther
Koen De Graeve ... Celle
Wouter Hendrickx ... Petrol
Johan Heldenbergh ... Breejen
Bert Haelvoet ... Koen
Gilda De Bal Gilda De Bal ... Meetje
Natali Broods ... Rosie
Pauline Grossen Pauline Grossen ... Sylvie
Sofie Palmers Sofie Palmers ... Vriendin Gunther
Guy Dermul Guy Dermul ... Directeur school
Jos Geens Jos Geens ... André
Robbie Cleiren Robbie Cleiren ... Deurwaarder
Sara De Bosschere Sara De Bosschere ... Nele Fockedey
Wout Kelchtermans Wout Kelchtermans ... Kleine Franky
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In Reetveerdegem (English would be Arsefeatherham), a fictitious derelict hamlet near run-down industrial city Aalst (Alost), five debt-burdened drop-out Strobbe brothers move back in with their pensioned mother 'Meetje', still wasting their lives in dead-end jobs, alcohol, gambling and meaningless sex. Celle also took in, as if their baby brother, his son Gunther. Nobody expects the knave (13) to grow up and become a respectable citizen either, despite his better IQ and attitude, as his uncles' and father's mischief and reputation seem to sabotage every single opportunity. Discovering love may motivate him after all, or accidental paternity could drag him down to father's level. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

The official Belgian submission for the 2010 Academy Awards. See more »

Goofs

When Gunther is at the age of 13, there are trains in gray style passing in different scenes. But the new gray version was first introduced in the late 90's. See more »

Connections

Referenced in L'incertitude des choses (2013) See more »

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Favour the book!
28 January 2020 | by johnpierrepatrickSee all my reviews

The movie is not too bad but stays clearly behind the book of Dimitri Verhulst. It depicts however quite strongly the destiny of the people that are born in less favored place - destiny that you do not escape easily and that is somehow claimed for its future generation. It happens here that this poor area is a small countryside village in Flanders, with its own code and its 'folklore' with a Belgium humour touch. Nonetheless, such a background message could have been issued as well in a parisian suburb or in a "developing" country. The way out does not change as well: education and self-esteem.


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