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My First Highway (2016)

Benjamin is a teenager on annual holiday with his parents in Spain. During this holiday he meets the attractive and intriguing Annabel. Together with Annabel, he is about to embark on a dangerous adventure. One that he will never forget.

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Kevin Meul

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Kevin Meul
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Credited cast:
Natali Broods ... Mom
Ruth Becquart ... Mom Annabel
Victor Solé ... Hamburger Waiter
Mathias Sercu ... Dad
Romy Lauwers ... Annabel
Aaron Roggeman Aaron Roggeman ... Benjamin
Clara de Ramon Clara de Ramon
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Benjamin is a teenager on annual holiday with his parents in Spain. During this holiday he meets the attractive and intriguing Annabel. Together with Annabel, he is about to embark on a dangerous adventure. One that he will never forget.

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Fobic Films

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Belgium

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Dutch | Spanish | Catalan

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22 March 2018 (Netherlands) See more »

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CTM Films, Fobic Films See more »
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To prepare actor Aaron Roggeman for his shooting scene, director Kevin Meul wanted to take him into prison to talk with convicted killers. However because Roggeman was under-aged, this was not allowed so they went to visit a slaughterhouse instead. See more »

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Boy meets girl, with dramatic consequences
6 March 2017 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

A classic element of the film noir dramas from the forties is the femme fatale. Usually, she is a beautiful woman, who seduces and misleads the male character, and is the inevitable cause of his ultimate downfall. She is strong, smart and evil, he is weak, naive and kind-hearted. Barbara Stanwyck in 'Double Indemnity' is the best example.

I don't know if Flemish director Kevin Meul has seen many of these noirs. But in his first feature film, he has chosen for a similar screenplay. The male lead character is seduced by an attractive female, he comes under her spell and does things he wouldn't have done otherwise.

In this case, the story is not very noir-ish. The lead character is a 17-year old boy, on holiday with his parents and little brother on a camping in Spain. The part of the femme fatale is played by a slightly older girl, the daughter of the local supermarket owner, who also happens to be Flemish. He is attracted by her wild streak, and they do dangerous things like driving his parents' car without a licence. But one thing leads to another and things go terribly wrong.

This is a nice screenplay, but the film doesn't really live up to it. There are a few awkward scenes, some things are left unexplained, it's all a bit half-hearted. This could have been an exciting film, but it feels unsatisfactory. Loud guitar music is not enough to express teenage angst, and neither is a shot of a violent computer game enough to explain suppressed aggression. The movie is not bad, it's just that it could have been a bit better.


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