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W. - The Killer of Flanders Fields (2014)

W. - Witse de film (original title)
Witse returns to his hometown to find his niece's murderer. It doesn't take long before Witse gets in trouble with local police authorities. While conducting his investigation, old family issues are starting to surface.

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Frank van Mechelen

Writer:

Ward Hulselmans
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hubert Damen Hubert Damen ... Witse
Hilde Van Haesendonck Hilde Van Haesendonck ... Maggie
Mathijs Scheepers ... Mario (as Mathijs F Scheepers)
Wim Opbrouck ... Commissaris
Katelijne Verbeke Katelijne Verbeke ... Colette
Lucas Van den Eynde ... Dax
Ruth Beeckmans Ruth Beeckmans ... Anita
Isabelle van Hecke Isabelle van Hecke ... Marleen
Robbie Cleiren Robbie Cleiren ... Bergmans (as Robby Cleiren)
Govert Deploige Govert Deploige ... Rechercheur
Matthias Meersman Matthias Meersman ... Rechercheur (as Mathias Meersman)
Carolien Liekens Carolien Liekens ... Rosie (as Caroline Liekens)
Richard Wells Richard Wells ... Colonel Martins
Tom De Beckker Tom De Beckker ... Brit
Jonathan Howett Jonathan Howett ... Brit
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Witse returns to his hometown to find his niece's murderer. It doesn't take long before Witse gets in trouble with local police authorities. While conducting his investigation, old family issues are starting to surface.

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Belgium

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

5 March 2014 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

W. - The Killer of Flanders Fields See more »

Filming Locations:

Veurne, Belgium

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$294,348
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When the police tries to arrest Dax on the bridge, Dax is holding Anita to him threatening to cut her throat. After he gives in, Anita falls to the floor. After the police arrests Dax and leaves the scene, Anita apparently is still lying there, but nobody seems to care. See more »

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Witse moves to the big screen, and strikes out both critically and commercially
27 March 2014 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Witse" is a popular TV crime series in Flanders, Belgium, not unlike, say, the "der Alte" TV series in Germany. Last year it was announced that "Witse" would move to the big screen. The production team mentioned that the movie version would allow the story to explore the 'darker' side of Witse. I was looking forward to it.

"W." (a/k/a "Witse de Film" or "Witse the Movie"; 2014 release from Belgium; 90 min.) finds our hero now retired from the police force. As the movie opens, we see the long-forgotten sister of Witse attempting to make contact with him. Apparently her 20 yr. old daughter has disappeared and is eventually found brutally murdered. Witse "volunteers" his services to the cops to help out his sister, and off we go to track what eventually becomes a serial murder case. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience.

Couple of comments: first, what's with the movie's official title? Rather than officially calling the movie "Witse the Movie" or something along those lines, it shows instead in the credits as "W.", making me immediately think of George W. Bush. Second, this movie sure does explore the 'darker' side of Witse as the plot involves gruesome scenes and pictures of the female victims, in fact I was surprised how dark this movie truly is. Third, the plot does cleverly build in references to the fact that this year marks the 100 anniversary of WWI, a big deal in Belgium (President Obama visited a cemetery of perished WWI American soldiers during his recent trip to Belgium). Last but not least, Hubert Damen dutifully reprises his TV role of Witse for the big screen.

The movie opened several weeks ago in Belgium, to lukewarm reviews at best. I nevertheless went to see it last weekend during a family visit in Belgium. The screening I saw this at was poorly attended, and by coincidence there was an article in a Belgian newspaper this week speculating as to why the movie has flopped so badly, both critically and commercially. It seems a rare misstep in what has been an incredible streak of wonderful and engaging Flemish movies recently. Check out "W." if you have a NEED to see Flemish movies. Otherwise I'd pass.


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