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During a scorching summer in a Belgian-Dutch border village, eight teenagers play games of discovery to break the listless monotony. They challenge each other and themselves and pretty soon... See full summary »

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Rene Eller

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Rene Eller, Elvis Peeters (novel)
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Credited cast:
Pauline Casteleyn Pauline Casteleyn ... Liesl
Aimé Claeys Aimé Claeys ... Thomas
Gaia Sofia Cozijn Gaia Sofia Cozijn ... Sarah
Axel Daeseleire ... Martin - Father Thomas
Vincent de Boer Vincent de Boer ... History Teacher
Tom De Vreese Tom De Vreese ... Dutch teacher
Nick De Vucht Nick De Vucht ... Resident DJ
Joke Devynck Joke Devynck ... Patricia - Mother Liesl
Laura Drosopoulos Laura Drosopoulos ... Ena
Pieter Embrechts ... Father Simon
Gonny Gaakeer Gonny Gaakeer ... Danielle - Mother Femke
Tijmen Govaerts ... Simon
Mattijn Hartemink Mattijn Hartemink ... Peter - Father Femke
Filip Hellemans Filip Hellemans ... Springer / jumper
Maxime Jacobs Maxime Jacobs ... Ruth
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During a scorching summer in a Belgian-Dutch border village, eight teenagers play games of discovery to break the listless monotony. They challenge each other and themselves and pretty soon, their sexual curiosity starts to blur the lines between right and wrong. As innocence is crushed in depraved games and sexual exploitation, the teenagers soon turn into ruthless predators.

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Netherlands | Belgium

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Dutch | Flemish

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12 July 2018 (Netherlands) See more »

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A Wonderful Young Ensemble Cast are Cut Adrift in This Messy Vice-produced Drama
6 October 2018 | by Marc_HorrickanSee all my reviews

Rene Eller's adaptation of a shocking novel by Elvis Peeters has all the hallmarks of its Vice co-producers sub-Mondo, faux docudrama approach. This makes for a queasy mix of wrong-headed moralising and vapid sensationalism that seems cribbed from REQUIEM FOR A DREAM.

The film has a slightly Rashomon-structure, as four of the film's gang of privileged delinquents tell their differing versions of events. The latter version is from the ringleader Thomas (played with real sleazy noxiousness by Aime Claeys), and pulls in the film's most difficult narrative strand, namely that of the perverted mayor's sex scandal. This whole section is problematically rendered, as the film seems to hint at the idea that child-sex scandals may not be about the exploitation of innocents. There is a damaging disconnect in the film between what is being shown, the way it is being shown and the wider context within which these things could be said to operate. None of this would have really been so much of an issue if Eller didn't so devotedly follow the Vice handbook and attempt to blur boundaries between factual and fictional forms of narrative address.

What is undeniable is that Eller has been able to extract strong performances from his young cast, made up mainly of non-professionals. It is a shame then, that the material to which their great efforts have been put to the service of, is so trivially worked out. A little less fake meta-textuality and this may have been something more like Stephen Frears' BLOODY KIDS (1980).


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