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Cargo (2017)

'Cargo' brings the raw story of three brothers who own a family business in the fishery and are trying to save it from destruction. The passion for their profession but also for their loved ones, however, drives them to desperate actions.


Gilles Coulier


Gilles Coulier (co-writer), Tom Dupont (co-writer)
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'Cargo' brings the raw story of three brothers who own a family business in the fishery and are trying to save it from destruction. The passion for their profession but also for their loved ones, however, drives them to desperate actions.

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An Ocean Between The Waves
7 October 2017 | by ThomasStoneSee all my reviews

After the father of a family of fishermen falls overboard during a heavy storm his sons are forced to work together to take over the business. The oldest son puts himself in charge and tries to keep his brothers out of it, without his knowing the company went bankrupt and can't sell the boat without the signature of the youngest brother which he despises for being an ex drug dealer. His brother wants to make a deal: he will sign if they go out for one last fishing trip. They agree and their relationship is renewed. The brothers decide they will try to find the money they need to keep their boat, De Broodwinnaar.

This only serves as a background to a dysfunctional family of three brothers, one father and a son that carry the sea within them. They rarely express their emotions, the atmosphere is always glooming, as if they were still out on a storm in the middle of the sea. There is no visible sign of trust, each dealing with the death of their father in their own way. To further stress the loneliness of seamen there are no women in this film. There is only a son, drugs and a lover that has his eyes fixed beyond the sea.

If I could I would complain about the monotony of this film but it is exactly the atmosphere created out of this that makes the movie effective. Being a fisherman is a tough job for tough men that live their life the same way almost every day. They wake up around the evening, prepare the boat, sail out at night and return with their harvest in the morning. They sleep, repeat. This is hardly the life women can imagine spending the rest of their lives and so these men rarely find affection except with their beers and occasional sons that come out of we-don't-know-what. From the very beginning the film makes you carry a weight, this gloom I mentioned before, and when you come out of the cinéma that feeling goes along with you for a while. It is a remarkable feat of Gilles Coulier to depict this lifestyle so authentically without making it feel outdated or oversimplified. The soft hints of Christianity underscores how these men trust their fate to brutal forces of nature that also bind them. Everything feels intentional without being too obvious, as the ending leaves you filled with doubt. Yet in the way the camera movement transforms the final shot you can tell what lies beyond the credits if it were up to Coulier.

Cargo is a phenomenal debut that embraces realism similar to early Dardenne movies.

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