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Post by jeroeno » July 5th, 2019, 8:29 am

13. Sneekweek (2016) NL

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Post by sol » July 5th, 2019, 11:15 am

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1. Borgman (2013) Netherlands
2. The Resistance Banker (2018) Netherlands
3. Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989) Belgium

4. Brimstone (2016) Netherlands

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Divided into four chapters with the second and third parts venturing back in time, Brimstone manages to leave a real impact for a film that is initially confusing to view. Overall, I really liked the way that certain details only gradually came out as the second and third chapters unfolded. The film takes a sharp stab at religious justification too, focusing on a character who (much like the preacher in The Night of the Hunter) is genuinely deluded into believing that he is carrying out the Lord's will rather than downright evil. At two and a half hours long though, the project does sometimes drag.
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Post by jeroeno » July 5th, 2019, 4:09 pm

14. De Flat (1994) NL

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Post by jeroeno » July 5th, 2019, 6:48 pm

15. Youp Speelt Youp (2002) NL RW

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Post by 72allinncallme » July 5th, 2019, 9:55 pm

9. De illusionist (1983) NL
10. Nothing Personal (2009) NL
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1. La promesse / The Promise (1996) BE, LUX
2. Rosetta (1999) BE
3. Borgman (2013) NL, BE
4. Le fils (2002) BE
5. L'enfant (2005) BE
6. Pauline & Paulette (2001) BE, NL
7. Insyriated (2017) BE :hug:
8. Crazy Love (1987) BE
9. De illusionist (1983) NL
10. Nothing Personal (2009) NL

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Post by jdidaco » July 6th, 2019, 2:17 am

(Screenshots from 'Le banquet des fraudeurs' & 'De meester en de Reus'),

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9. Le banquet des fraudeurs/Het banket der smokkelaars (The Smugglers' Banquet, Henri Storck, 1952) 8/10 (Belgium/West Germany)
10. Marche ou crève (Walk... Or Die, Georges Lautner, 1960) 8/10 (Belgium/France)
11. Wat zien ik (Business Is Business, Paul Verhoeven, 1971) 7.5/10 (Netherlands)
12. Manalive (Red Haired Revolver, Frédéric Geilfus & Denise Geilfus, 1973) 7.5/10 (Belgium/France)
13. De meester en de Reus (The Master and the Giant, Johan van der Keuken, 1980) 8.5/10 (Netherlands)
14. Domino (Brian De Palma, 2019) 5/10 (Belgium/Netherlands/Denmark/France/Italy)

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1. La nuit des traqués (The Night of the Hunted, Bernard-Roland, 1959) 8/10 (Belgium/France)
2. La croix des vivants (Cross of the Living, Ivan Govar, 1962) 8.5/10 (Belgium/France)
3. Un soir... par hasard (Agent of Doom, Ivan Govar, 1963) 7.5/10 (Belgium/France)
4. Que personne ne sorte (Nobody Leave, Ivan Govar, 1964) 8/10 (Belgium/France)
5. Ibiza, zon en zonde (Ibiza, Sun and Sin, Roeland Kerbosch, 1969) 7/10 (Netherlands)
6. Naakt over de schutting (Naked Over the Fence, Frans Weisz, 1973) 7/10 (Netherlands)
7. Mijn Nachten met Susan, Olga, Albert, Julie, Piet & Sandra (My Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga & Julie, Pim de la Parra, 1975) 8/10 (Netherlands)
8. Pink Ulysses (Eric De Kuyper, 1990) 9/10 (Belgium/Netherlands)

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Post by 3eyes » July 6th, 2019, 2:36 am

1. La Belgique martyre (Belgium 1919) - double
Silent melodrama about the trials of one family during WWI - intertitles in French & Flemish (I guess)
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Post by sol » July 6th, 2019, 3:35 am

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1. Borgman (2013) Netherlands
2. The Resistance Banker (2018) Netherlands
3. Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989) Belgium
4. Brimstone (2016) Netherlands

5. Lifespan (1975) Netherlands

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Thinking of "ageing as a disease" that can be cured, an ambitious doctor tries to carry on the research of a colleague who committed suicide here. The film is full of philosophical quips and ramblings with the idea of Transcendence style "electronic reincarnation" floated in addition to thoughts about ageing. The film marred though by an overuse of voice-over narration that spells out the obvious and says things better left shown. A mysterious Klaus Kinski is great though, the ideas are generally pretty cool, and abrupt as the ending is, the final line actually makes it a pitch perfect note to end on.
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Post by sol » July 6th, 2019, 8:07 am

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1. Borgman (2013) Netherlands
2. The Resistance Banker (2018) Netherlands
3. Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989) Belgium
4. Brimstone (2016) Netherlands
5. Lifespan (1975) Netherlands

6. De Flat (1994) Netherlands

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This Dutch thriller focuses on a female doctor who begins an affair with a neighbour who may or may not be a serial killer. With The 4th Man's Renée Soutendijk in the lead, this is initially rather interesting as a potential gender reversal of the Verhoeven movie, but it is nowhere near as mysterious or atmospheric. The "is he or isn't he?" dilemma also becomes tiresome as the film plods along and keeps injecting conflicting evidence. Soutendijk is very good though grappling with whether or not she wants to know if the charming man (who is also a perfect surrogate father for her son) is a killer.
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Post by jeroeno » July 6th, 2019, 9:50 am

16. De Waker, de Slaper & de Dromer (1999) NL RW

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Post by 72allinncallme » July 6th, 2019, 11:41 pm

11. Vroeger is dood (1987) NL
12. Rosie (1998) BE
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1. La promesse / The Promise (1996) BE, LUX
2. Rosetta (1999) BE
3. Borgman (2013) NL, BE
4. Le fils (2002) BE
5. L'enfant (2005) BE
6. Pauline & Paulette (2001) BE, NL
7. Insyriated (2017) BE :hug:
8. Crazy Love (1987) BE
9. De illusionist (1983) NL
10. Nothing Personal (2009) NL
11. Vroeger is dood (1987) NL
12. Rosie (1998) BE

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Post by sol » July 7th, 2019, 1:31 pm

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1. Borgman (2013) Netherlands
2. The Resistance Banker (2018) Netherlands
3. Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989) Belgium
4. Brimstone (2016) Netherlands
5. Lifespan (1975) Netherlands
6. De Flat (1994) Netherlands

7. Fanfare (1958) Netherlands

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Directed by Bert Haanstra, the filmmaker behind the most sumptuously photographed short of all time (Mirror of Holland), this feature length effort looks exquisite, with lots of gliding shots alongside the canals and also indoors. There are many fun visuals gags involving animals too, and yet the film is only funny on occasion. There is lots of squabbling, but the two factions here trying to manipulate and sabotage each other only occurs on occasion.
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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » July 7th, 2019, 5:59 pm

Thanks for hosting Sol.

1:Repeat viewing: Frank & Eva (1973). Netherlands. 10.

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Post by hurluberlu » July 7th, 2019, 6:24 pm

3. After Love / L'Economie du Couple (Joachim Lafosse, 2016) [Belgium] 6+
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Post by 72allinncallme » July 7th, 2019, 11:56 pm

13. Deux jours, une nuit (2014) BE
14. Ernest et Célestine (2012) BE
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1. La promesse / The Promise (1996) BE, LUX
2. Rosetta (1999) BE
3. Borgman (2013) NL, BE
4. Le fils (2002) BE
5. L'enfant (2005) BE
6. Pauline & Paulette (2001) BE, NL
7. Insyriated (2017) BE :hug:
8. Crazy Love (1987) BE
9. De illusionist (1983) NL
10. Nothing Personal (2009) NL
11. Vroeger is dood (1987) NL
12. Rosie (1998) BE
13. Deux jours, une nuit (2014) BE
14. Ernest et Célestine (2012) BE

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Post by sol » July 8th, 2019, 8:26 am

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1. Borgman (2013) Netherlands
2. The Resistance Banker (2018) Netherlands
3. Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989) Belgium
4. Brimstone (2016) Netherlands
5. Lifespan (1975) Netherlands
6. De Flat (1994) Netherlands
7. Fanfare (1958) Netherlands

8. Les Géants (2011) Belgium

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The key strength of this Belgian coming-of-age film is the very genuine friendship between the teenagers with Zacharie Chasseriaud especially good in the more solemn bits as the youngest in the gang. As a narrative though, the film didn't entirely work for me, filmed in an episodic manner with some important details strangely shied over. There are certainly some very intense moments though as they turn to the local druglords in desperation.
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Post by cinephage » July 8th, 2019, 8:42 am

02. Mr. Nobody, by Jaco van Dormael (2009) 8,5/10 Belgium

A movie so ambitious it should be a mess of nonsense. But miraculously, the film's beauty and stylish editing makes it both deep, easy to follow, and profoundly sad. Beaucarne's cinematography makes wonder here...
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01. Urs al-jalil, by Michel Khleifi (1987) 6/10 Belgium

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Post by blocho » July 8th, 2019, 3:06 pm

2. The Northerners (Netherlands)

Slightly amusing, in an abstract way.

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Post by clemmetarey » July 8th, 2019, 3:42 pm

3. Dorp aan de rivier (1958) (Netherlands) 5/10
4. De wisselwachter (1986) (Netherlands) 5/10
5. Fanfare (1958) (Netherlands) 6/10

Sorry for not posting earlier sol, I'm having computer problems.
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1. Panique au village (2009) (Belgium) 7/10
2. De illusionist (1983) (Netherlands) 6/10
3. Dorp aan de rivier (1958) (Netherlands) 5/10
4. De wisselwachter (1986) (Netherlands) 5/10
5. Fanfare (1958) (Netherlands) 6/10

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Post by hurluberlu » July 8th, 2019, 5:33 pm

4. Noces (Stephan Streker, 2016) [Belgium] 6
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Post by jeroeno » July 8th, 2019, 5:53 pm

17. 170 Hz (2011) NL
18. Infiltrant (2014) NL
19. Alleen Maar Nette Mensen (2012) NL
20. Nachtvlinder (1999) NL
21. Doodslag (2012) NL
22. Quiz (2012) NL
23. Snowfever (2004) NL

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Post by 72allinncallme » July 8th, 2019, 9:59 pm

15. The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) BE
16. Linkeroever (2008) BE
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1. La promesse / The Promise (1996) BE, LUX
2. Rosetta (1999) BE
3. Borgman (2013) NL, BE
4. Le fils (2002) BE
5. L'enfant (2005) BE
6. Pauline & Paulette (2001) BE, NL
7. Insyriated (2017) BE :hug:
8. Crazy Love (1987) BE
9. De illusionist (1983) NL
10. Nothing Personal (2009) NL
11. Vroeger is dood (1987) NL
12. Rosie (1998) BE
13. Deux jours, une nuit (2014) BE
14. Ernest et Célestine (2012) BE
15. The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) BE
16. Linkeroever (2008) BE

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Post by sol » July 9th, 2019, 1:44 am

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1. Borgman (2013) Netherlands
2. The Resistance Banker (2018) Netherlands
3. Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989) Belgium
4. Brimstone (2016) Netherlands
5. Lifespan (1975) Netherlands
6. De Flat (1994) Netherlands
7. Fanfare (1958) Netherlands
8. Les Géants (2011) Belgium

Koen Mortier double:

9. 22nd of May (2010) Belgium

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Feeling guilty about fleeing the scene after a bomb explodes at work, a security guard has mystical visions of the victims in this unusual thriller. The middle section sags as the victims converse with him at random while describing their own experiences that seem to have no bearing on the incident. As the film wears on though, these initially incongruent puzzle pieces fall into place very well and when the full extent of the bomber's motives are revealed, the film packs a real wallop. Add in some terrific inserts and cutaways (a fake owl's eyes) and this is moody and visually arresting overall.

10. Ex Drummer (2007) Belgium

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This black comedy begins well with creative reversed footage and the opening credits on signs. There is also a welcome absurdism to reasons why the band members consider themselves handicapped and there is some delicious bizarreness in how the singer walks on his roof, which everyone treats as normal. The overall film though does not tap a lot into such weirdness though, give or take a walk-in vagina, and everything felt increasingly random to me. For a comedy, I found it to be pretty unfunny too, with gags at the expense of such traits as baldness, pungent body parts and characters being gay.
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Post by 3eyes » July 9th, 2019, 2:14 am

Just found a Belgian TV mystery series on Netflix:

Unité 42 / Unit 42 (Belg 17-) double (S1, 10 eps @ 52m) Too high-tech for me but thought I'd mention it.
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Post by sol » July 9th, 2019, 3:58 am

Benelux in FluxShow
1. Borgman (2013) Netherlands
2. The Resistance Banker (2018) Netherlands
3. Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989) Belgium
4. Brimstone (2016) Netherlands
5. Lifespan (1975) Netherlands
6. De Flat (1994) Netherlands
7. Fanfare (1958) Netherlands
8. Les Géants (2011) Belgium
9. 22nd of May (2010) Belgium
10. Ex Drummer (2007) Belgium

11. De illusionist (1983) Netherlands

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Nutting out the plot details is a challenge here sans dialogue, and the stylistic choice sometimes feels like a mere gimmick, but there is a lot to like in the dreamlike, surreal nature that this film has a result. As our hero tracked by an absurdly large rat when and as he finds doctors operating with no clothes on in an asylum, the film is obviously not meant to be taken as straightforward memories but perhaps recollections tainted by fears and anxiety. Whatever the case, this is a one-of-a-kind sort of film, and the asylum - with its Toute la mémoire du monde style library - looks simply marvelous.
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Post by Eva_L » July 9th, 2019, 11:25 am

1. C'est arrivé près de chez vous (1992) - Belgium

Quite disturbing, but I enjoyed it a lot.
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Post by Onderhond » July 9th, 2019, 11:49 am

sol wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 1:44 am
This black comedy begins well with creative reversed footage and the opening credits on signs. There is also a welcome absurdism to reasons why the band members consider themselves handicapped and there is some delicious bizarreness in how the singer walks on his roof, which everyone treats as normal. The overall film though does not tap a lot into such weirdness though, give or take a walk-in vagina, and everything felt increasingly random to me. For a comedy, I found it to be pretty unfunny too, with gags at the expense of such traits as baldness, pungent body parts and characters being gay.
There is a certain region-themed comedy to this film, but that might escape you if you're not familiar with Flanders and its dialects. It's also based on the book of a writer known for his crude and direct style of comedy (maybe blunt is a better word?), one of the trailers for the film showed all the rejections it got from our regional film fund for example. The shameless crudeness is part of its charm, but it's not easy to translate if you're not familiar with certain parts of Flemish culture :)

This kind of comedy was already a tough sell in the past, now with everyone looking for outrage everywhere, it hasn't made it easier. I laughed a lot when I watched this in the theater, but I have to admit my girlfiend and I were one of the few. Glad you like 22 Mei though, love that film too.

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Post by sol » July 9th, 2019, 1:36 pm

Onderhond wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 11:49 am
This kind of comedy was already a tough sell in the past, now with everyone looking for outrage everywhere, it hasn't made it easier. I laughed a lot when I watched this in the theater, but I have to admit my girlfiend and I were one of the few. Glad you like 22 Mei though, love that film too.
Thanks for the insight. I did wonder whether the humour in Ex Drummer was a regional thing since it did seem like Mortier was going for a comedy.

Yep, 22 Mei was awesome. I really liked the way everything interlocked together near the end. I have added the film to my 500<400 ballot.
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Post by sol » July 9th, 2019, 1:40 pm

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1. C'est arrivé près de chez vous (1992)

Quite disturbing, but I enjoyed it a lot.
Hmm, okay. I'll grant you a free pass this one time since this is your first post in this thread and I know that Man Bites Dog is Belgian without having to look it up, but you'll need to include country when listing your viewings in order for them to count towards the leaderboard in the future.
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Post by sol » July 9th, 2019, 1:46 pm

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1. Borgman (2013) Netherlands
2. The Resistance Banker (2018) Netherlands
3. Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989) Belgium
4. Brimstone (2016) Netherlands
5. Lifespan (1975) Netherlands
6. De Flat (1994) Netherlands
7. Fanfare (1958) Netherlands
8. Les Géants (2011) Belgium
9. 22nd of May (2010) Belgium
10. Ex Drummer (2007) Belgium
11. De illusionist (1983) Netherlands

12. Laundry Man (2016) Belgium

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Inspired by Jeffrey Dahmer's crimes, this Belgian horror film has some great moments in which the murderer plays mindgames with the cops grilling him, but this is a very amateurish production overall. The editing is often mismatched, the performances (other than Gunther Vanhuysse as the killer) are overly theatrical and the music is ridiculously over-the-top, often drowning out the dialogue. There are some dark comic elements that work well here though, such as Vanhuysse scolding his first victim for messing up his bathroom with her blood and the gore/splatter effects are decent (see above).
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Post by Onderhond » July 9th, 2019, 1:48 pm

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July 9th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Yep, 22 Mei was awesome. I really liked the way everything interlocked together near the end. I have added the film to my 500<400 ballot.
If you like that, maybe you should try Any Way the Wind Blows. It's a lot lighter in tone, but very distinctive (quirky/dreamy/night life), shot in the city I live with a good ensemble cast. And directed by the front man of dEUS, but not sure how famous he is outside of Belgium/Europe.

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Post by sol » July 9th, 2019, 1:58 pm

Onderhond wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 1:48 pm
sol wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Yep, 22 Mei was awesome. I really liked the way everything interlocked together near the end. I have added the film to my 500<400 ballot.
If you like that, maybe you should try Any Way the Wind Blows. It's a lot lighter in tone, but very distinctive (quirky/dreamy/night life), shot in the city I live with a good ensemble cast. And directed by the front man of dEUS, but not sure how famous he is outside of Belgium/Europe.
Thanks for the rec. I'll see if I can locate it before the end of this month. :thumbsup:
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Post by Eva_L » July 9th, 2019, 2:51 pm

sol wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Eva_L wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 11:25 am
1. C'est arrivé près de chez vous (1992)

Quite disturbing, but I enjoyed it a lot.
Hmm, okay. I'll grant you a free pass this one time since this is your first post in this thread and I know that Man Bites Dog is Belgian without having to look it up, but you'll need to include country when listing your viewings in order for them to count towards the leaderboard in the future.
Woops, sorry, I edited the post!

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Post by clemmetarey » July 9th, 2019, 3:36 pm

6. Ex Drummer (Belgium, 2007) 7/10
Very dark comedy that I enjoyed a lot, thanks for the insight Onderhond. I might check out 22 Mei as well.

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1. Panique au village (2009) (Belgium) 7/10
2. De illusionist (1983) (Netherlands) 6/10
3. Dorp aan de rivier (1958) (Netherlands) 5/10
4. De wisselwachter (1986) (Netherlands) 5/10
5. Fanfare (1958) (Netherlands) 6/10
6. Ex Drummer (Belgium, 2007) 7/10

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Post by hurluberlu » July 9th, 2019, 4:48 pm

5. D'Ardennen (Robin Pront, 2015) [Belgium] 7-
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Post by jeroeno » July 9th, 2019, 6:19 pm

24. Just Friends (1993) BE
25. De thuiskomst van Odysseus (1996) NL
26. Lotgenoten (2013) NL
27. 06 (1994) NL
28. De onfatsoenlijke vrouw (1991) NL

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Post by 72allinncallme » July 9th, 2019, 8:53 pm

17. Toto le héros (1991) BE
18. Les géants (2011) BE (l)
19. Urs al-jalil (1987) BE
20. Le départ (1967) BE
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1. La promesse / The Promise (1996) BE, LUX
2. Rosetta (1999) BE
3. Borgman (2013) NL, BE
4. Le fils (2002) BE
5. L'enfant (2005) BE
6. Pauline & Paulette (2001) BE, NL
7. Insyriated (2017) BE :hug:
8. Crazy Love (1987) BE
9. De illusionist (1983) NL
10. Nothing Personal (2009) NL
11. Vroeger is dood (1987) NL
12. Rosie (1998) BE
13. Deux jours, une nuit (2014) BE
14. Ernest et Célestine (2012) BE
15. The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) BE
16. Linkeroever (2008) BE
17. Toto le héros (1991) BE
18. Les géants (2011) BE (l)
19. Urs al-jalil (1987) BE
20. Le départ (1967) BE

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Post by jdidaco » July 10th, 2019, 12:30 am

(Screenshots from 'L'étreinte', 'Un bruit qui rend fou' & 'Avec Dieric Bouts'),

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15. Ciske de Rat (A Child Needs Love, Wolfgang Staudte, 1955) 7.5/10 (Netherlands/West Germany)
16. Trois étranges histoires (Three Strange Stories, Jean Delire, 1968) 7/10 (Belgium)
17. L'étreinte (The Embrace, Paul Collet & Pierre Drouot, 1969) 7.5/10 (Belgium/France)
18. Het jaar van de kreeft (The Year of the Cancer, Herbert Curiel, 1975) 7/10 (Netherlands)
19. Zoeken naar Eileen (Looking for Eileen, Rudolf van den Berg, 1987) 6/10 (Netherlands)
20. Un bruit qui rend fou (The Blue Villa, Alain Robbe-Grillet & Dimitri de Clercq, 1995) 8/10 (Belgium/France/Switzerland)

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A collection of shorts,

21-22. Le Monde de Paul Delvaux (The World of Paul Delvaux, Henri Storck, 1946) 7.5/10 (Belgium) (11 min), Magritte ou La leçon de choses (Magritte or the Object Lesson, Luc de Heusch, 1960) 8.5/10 (Belgium) (14 min), Paul Delvaux ou les femmes défendues (Paul Delvaux or the Forbidden Women, Henri Storck, 1971) 8.5/10 (Belgium) (25 min), Met Dieric Bouts/Avec Dieric Bouts (With Dieric Bouts, André Delvaux, 1975) 10/10 (l) (Belgium) (29 min), Pierrot Lunaire (Eric De Kuyper & Peter Delpeut & Paul Ruven & Arno Kranenborg & Eric Velthuis, 1988) 8/10 (Netherlands) (35 min), 1001 films (André Delvaux, 1989) 8/10 (8 min) (Belgium) (Total: 122 min)

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1. La nuit des traqués (The Night of the Hunted, Bernard-Roland, 1959) 8/10 (Belgium/France)
2. La croix des vivants (Cross of the Living, Ivan Govar, 1962) 8.5/10 (Belgium/France)
3. Un soir... par hasard (Agent of Doom, Ivan Govar, 1963) 7.5/10 (Belgium/France)
4. Que personne ne sorte (Nobody Leave, Ivan Govar, 1964) 8/10 (Belgium/France)
5. Ibiza, zon en zonde (Ibiza, Sun and Sin, Roeland Kerbosch, 1969) 7/10 (Netherlands)
6. Naakt over de schutting (Naked Over the Fence, Frans Weisz, 1973) 7/10 (Netherlands)
7. Mijn Nachten met Susan, Olga, Albert, Julie, Piet & Sandra (My Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga & Julie, Pim de la Parra, 1975) 8/10 (Netherlands)
8. Pink Ulysses (Eric De Kuyper, 1990) 9/10 (Belgium/Netherlands)
9. Le banquet des fraudeurs/Het banket der smokkelaars (The Smugglers' Banquet, Henri Storck, 1952) 8/10 (Belgium/West Germany)
10. Marche ou crève (Walk... Or Die, Georges Lautner, 1960) 8/10 (Belgium/France)
11. Wat zien ik (Business Is Business, Paul Verhoeven, 1971) 7.5/10 (Netherlands)
12. Manalive (Red Haired Revolver, Frédéric Geilfus & Denise Geilfus, 1973) 7.5/10 (Belgium/France)
13. De meester en de Reus (The Master and the Giant, Johan van der Keuken, 1980) 8.5/10 (Netherlands)
14. Domino (Brian De Palma, 2019) 5/10 (Belgium/Netherlands/Denmark/France/Italy)

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Post by sol » July 10th, 2019, 2:20 pm

Benelux in FluxShow
1. Borgman (2013) Netherlands
2. The Resistance Banker (2018) Netherlands
3. Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989) Belgium
4. Brimstone (2016) Netherlands
5. Lifespan (1975) Netherlands
6. De Flat (1994) Netherlands
7. Fanfare (1958) Netherlands
8. Les Géants (2011) Belgium
9. 22nd of May (2010) Belgium
10. Ex Drummer (2007) Belgium
11. De illusionist (1983) Netherlands
12. Laundry Man (2016) Belgium

13. Slaughter Night (2006) Netherlands

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The abandoned mine location here is appropriately spooky and the possession scenes are creepy, or at least when the camera stops shaking (the action scenes are filmed with some of the most irksome jerky camerawork imaginable). There is some decent severed head gore effects too. The story is not exactly new or original with some particular lame Ouija board clichés though, and all of the exposition here is pretty cut and dry.

14. The Northerners (1992) Netherlands

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I found this a bit frustrating at first, but once all the subplots were established, it became an increasingly intriguing affair with a young lad reminiscent of Bergman's Alexander as the closest to a protagonist. Everywhere he looks, he sees lust, sin and temptation... or does he? Lots of interest going on here - in particular, an African man hired to play a savage when he is really more civilised than most of the town's sexually frustrated adults.
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Post by clemmetarey » July 10th, 2019, 3:13 pm

7. Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Belgium, 1975) 8/10
Slow obviously but fascinating. Probably as close as it gets to the monotonous life of millions.

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1. Panique au village (2009) (Belgium) 7/10
2. De illusionist (1983) (Netherlands) 6/10
3. Dorp aan de rivier (1958) (Netherlands) 5/10
4. De wisselwachter (1986) (Netherlands) 5/10
5. Fanfare (1958) (Netherlands) 6/10
6. Ex Drummer (Belgium, 2007) 7/10
7. Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Belgium, 1975) 8/10

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