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D'Ardennen (2015)

Unrated | | Drama | 6 January 2017 (USA)
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A brutal home-jacking by two brothers goes hopelessly wrong, and one of them goes to prison. Four years later, his brother tries to help him get his life back on track.

Director:

Robin Pront

Writers:

Jeroen Perceval (scenario), Robin Pront (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Janssens ... Kenneth
Jeroen Perceval ... Dave
Veerle Baetens ... Sylvie
Jan Bijvoet ... Stef
Viviane de Muynck Viviane de Muynck ... Mariette
Sam Louwyck Sam Louwyck ... Joyce
Peter Van den Begin ... Robert
Eric Godon ... Gérard
Rachid El Ghazaoui Rachid El Ghazaoui ... Chalid (as Rachid 'Appa' El Ghazaoui)
Nico Sturm ... Danny
Luc Nuyens Luc Nuyens ... Moderator hulpgroep
Brit Van Hoof Brit Van Hoof ... Cindy
Uwamungu Cornelis Uwamungu Cornelis ... Chris (as Cornelis Mungu)
Caroline Stas ... Politieagenten
Jacqueline Pluche Jacqueline Pluche ... Politieagenten
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Storyline

A brutal home-jacking goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off, leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth however possible, but is witnessing how the highly strung Kenneth tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Belgium

Language:

Flemish | French | Dutch

Release Date:

6 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Ardennes See more »

Filming Locations:

Ardennes, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$840, 6 January 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,638, 24 February 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,271, 15 January 2017
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The electronic dance song "Rigor Mortis" by Flesh and Bones was previously featured on the soundtrack of another Belgian movie, Steve+Sky. See more »

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The House of House (Original Mix)
Written by Y. Deruyter, F. Kloeck, A. Stephenson
Performed by Cherrymoon Trax
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Exciting and ambitious thriller
23 November 2015 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

'D'Ardennen' is Robin Pront's first feature film, but I'd have sworn it was made by a very experienced film maker. This is a well-made, exciting, and ambitious movie - a successful accomplishment in every respect.

Pront hasn't made it easy for himself. To mention just one thing: the film is spoken entirely in the dialect of the Flemish city Antwerp. That means that even here in Flanders, it is shown with subtitles. Commercially, that's a drawback, but it makes the movie much more authentic.

The film is built on a very strong screenplay. Two brothers commit a holdup, but only one of them manages to escape. The other one is caught and convicted, and is released from jail four years later. After the reunion, he slowly pulls his brother down in a spiral of violence and crime. His former girlfriend plays a crucial part in his self-destructive behaviour. The tense relationship between the two brothers is characterized by unspoken reproaches on the one hand and strong family ties on the other. The girl is the reason for the dramatic developments that lead to a bloody climax.

Not only is this a very intelligent thriller, it is also a great movie from a cinematographic point of view. Pront and his cinematographer are very good in filming scenes through mirrors or windows, creating surprising and original effects. The crucial reunion between the two brothers is filmed in the rear view mirror of a car, accentuating the emotional distance that has grown between them. When they are having a meal in a restaurant, they are filmed form both sides of the window pane, with raindrops creating a nice visual effect. The locations are very well chosen: Antwerp is shown as an industrial wasteland, and the snowy hills of the Ardennes are filmed as a creepy place with weird inhabitants.

The film slowly works its way towards a bloody apotheosis, which was a bit overdone to my taste. The story didn't really need the considerable body count, above all because at the end there is a surprising twist with much dramatic effect. But this is a minor flaw in an otherwise outstanding film.

Just like Oscar-nominated Bullhead a few years ago, this is a Flemish film with international appeal. Too bad Belgium has already selected Jaco Van Dormael's last film for the Academy Awards.


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