The 'general' is the patriarch of the outcast Vantorre (knickname Kavijak) family, 13 children, in West Flanders province, but actually a useless drunk with an ever-sick wife, so the boys provide for themselves any way they can. Summer 1940, the Nazi troops roll over Belgium. The general poses as commander of family resistance but his only actual deed is stealing the family's ration-book so he can keep drinking. Sensitive Pilfen and three rascal siblings mount a 'holy quartet', initially to fight the Germans, but find most quite humane, even generous, then earn food from farmers, but even that is brutally perturbed by the vile lush.
15 December 2006 (Netherlands)
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