Belgica – **(*)

Posted: March 7, 2016 in 2016, Drama, Dramedy, Family Feud, Flanders, Musical, XX1/2

Belgica is the latest movie by Felix van Groeningen, who scored internationally with The Broken Circle Breakdown. It’s an overlong, but interesting take on the sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll myth, focussing on two brothers who open an alternative nightclub. If it wasn’t for director’s fame, the thrilling soundtrack (produced and composed by Soulwax) and the impressive acting skills of little known actors like Tom Vermeir, this movie wouldn’t have gotten a release at all. There’s little substance, but it’s still a treat. Surprisingly enough.

I went to see the movie with a French friend in Paris amongst an audience who needed to rely on the subtitles to get the jokes and innuendos. None of them recognized the actors or musicians doing a cameo. None of them had ever visited the Charlatan, on which’s history the whole movie is based. I assume several cinema goers weren’t familiar with the work of Soulwax. It was a very quiet crowd. There wasn’t any laughter. There weren’t any sounds of recognition. The movie had NO impact at all.

However, nobody left the theatre room either. And neither did I.

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