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Thieves of the Wood 

The Flemish Bandits (original title)
An eighteenth century bandit becomes a local hero.
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Series cast summary:
Matteo Simoni ...  Jan de Lichte / ... 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Stef Aerts ...  Tincke 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Anne-Laure Vandeputte ...  Anne-Marie 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Charlotte Timmers ...  Héloise 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Anemone Valcke ...  De Schoen 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Rik Willems Rik Willems ...  Meyvis 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Manou Kersting 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Iwein Segers ...  Vangenende / ... 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Rik Verheye Rik Verheye ...  Nicolaï Van Gelderhode 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Greet Verstraete 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Jeroen Perceval 8 episodes, 2020
Tom Van Dyck ...  Baru 8 episodes, 2020
Tibo Vandenborre 8 episodes, 2020
Peter De Graef 8 episodes, 2020
Mathijs Scheepers Mathijs Scheepers 8 episodes, 2020
Arnaud Lorent ...  Le Houck 2 episodes, 2018-2020


1747. After a traumatic time serving as a mercenary at the Silesian front, Jan deserts from the Austrian army. Destitute and exhausted, he returns home, to the Flemish region of Aalst. To his surprise, everything has changed beyond recognition. His village has been transformed into a French army encampment. His family and friends have been outlawed and banished to Kluisbossen forest. Jan joins the ramshackle gang of robbers led by his half-brother Tincke. But in a country suffering under the yoke of poverty and exploitation, there's hardly anything left worth taking. Moved by these harsh living conditions, Jan manages to convince Tincke to see the bigger picture. Instead of stealing from each other, they should rob those who actually have money: the rich and the collaborators consorting with the French occupiers. John's ideas start to resonate and when a stagecoach is raided successfully, the ragtag bunch of scallywags develops into a real gang. The decision to share their booty with ...

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The best period mini series playing now on Netflix
5 January 2020 | by trickstar_trippySee all my reviews

Asa fan of the old Flemish Masters, I couldn't miss Jan de Licht's exploits on Netflix. I binge watched it in two days, and I was hungry for more when it finished. It's a beautifully lensed period piece about bandits in Flandres, set in 18th century, duing the Austrian succession wars. The mini series opens en force, it has one of the best openings scenes, whose build up will remind many of the viewers of Tarantino. The casting is so spot on - many fresh faces for me, or maybe I'm not so well versed in European actors, but many of them with a pictural quality - hence many of the shots brought to mind paintings of sitters or Flemish portraits, you ve got to love those red-headed ladies, but also the men, great casting overall; but not only that, but the acting is very good, believable, which adds on to the already well fleshed out characters. Maybe the fact that the film is based on a novel helped, as many of the lines in the show are quote-worthy. It's a show about les nouveau riches, the new blood, about the bourgeoisie, about banditry and outlaws, but with relevance for today. It's a very contemporary show in tone - and aesthetics, although it pays homage to Pays Bas painting, it's very modern in terms of camera, those hand held's in the forrest, that I first saw in Black Death, are surprisingly fresh in a period piece about bandits and nobles. It can be read as a story from rags to riches, but with enough Belgian grit for the connaisseurs to enjoy. It's filthy and beautiful at the same time. The language is Flemish and it's beautiful, its mixture of Dutch and German and French, sounds so exotic to me. Watch it in original, with English or French subs.

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