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Belgica (2016)

The drama follows two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium's nightlife scene.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stef Aerts ... Jo
Tom Vermeir Tom Vermeir ... Frank
Stefaan De Winter ... Ferre
Dominique Van Malder Dominique Van Malder ... Manu Dewaey
Ben Benaouisse Ben Benaouisse ... Momo
Boris Van Severen ... Tim Coppens
Sara De Bosschere ... Nikki
Charlotte Vandermeersch ... Isabelle
Hélène De Vos Hélène De Vos ... Marieke
Jean-Michel Balthazar ... André
Bo De Bosschere Bo De Bosschere ... Wibo
Sam Louwyck ... Rodrigo
Anjana Dierckx Anjana Dierckx ... Katrien
Hannes Reckelbus Hannes Reckelbus ... Jan
Silvanous Saow Silvanous Saow ... Rudy Rasta
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The drama follows two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium's nightlife scene.

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bar | smoking | cocaine | baby | urination | See All (40) »

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Drama

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Matthias Schoenaerts was cast as one of the lead brothers, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with Disorder (2015). Tom Vermeir was cast instead. See more »

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References My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (2010) See more »

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To start a business and carried away by its success.
4 August 2016 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

From the director of the Oscar nominated film 'The Broken Circle Breakdown', about two brothers who joins hand to start a new business and what follows is how they carried out by its success. This is not an enjoyable film, but still worth a watch. Because the film theme was the highlight, that focused how people can change when their efforts on something makes to reach its target. This is not for everyone, but youngsters in their 20s, 30s should check it out. It is an inspiring story to start a business of their own, but also warns strongly about the consequences of the outcome.

There is no major story in it to keep expanding every now and then, just evolves around two brothers and other characters surrounding them. From their plan for a new business to its preparation to making it real and then finally triumph. Besides this, their friends and families are covered to reveal how it affects them all once the money starts to flow in. How the drugs, sex and wild party, all the unexpected bad habits bring bad reputation within their circle is the point of the film. Till one of the brothers realise it and take an appropriate step to curb it, but that does really happen is what the film's climax discloses.

"All people are born innocent but most don't stay that way."

It did not look like a film with twist and turns. Especially no villains or the terrible things like that related to the crime world to change the course of the story after reaching a certain point. The first thing we think hearing a film about the bar is the gangster theme. But this is different, the nicer side of what had seen so far on that theme. No guns, no gang fights, but the rest of the things had its share like in a real world. When those things come into effect, that's where this story takes a twist.

Just within its limit, it covered some important events like the advantage and disadvantages for being the night club owners. For example, such club needs internal security and trusted employees. That's how this film filled the void to drag for as long as 2 hours. That was my concern. It was too long to watch a film that does not have any entertaining elements. So remember that it's not a comedy, romance, crime or a thriller, just a drama and for some people it might be too boring drama.

This film is a good lesson to learn without experiencing our own when one knowingly or without knowingly diverts himself to a wrong path. The film had some great performances too, but it is not for having a good time. It is hard to say who's the audience for it, because it is a simple story, but complicated theme with one end loud music, drugs and all, and the other side family, friends et cetera. Overall, not a bad film to view once.

6/10


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Country:

Belgium | France | Netherlands

Language:

Flemish | Dutch

Release Date:

2 March 2016 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Café Belgica See more »

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$600,455
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2.35 : 1
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