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Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands
7. Flodder (1986) Netherlands
8. Quiz (2012) Netherlands
9. Saint (2010) Netherlands
10. Girl (2018) Belgium
11. JCVD (2008) Belgium
12. Milo (2012) Netherlands
13. Cub (2014) Belgium
14. Boy 7 (2015) Netherlands
15. Hunted (2020) Belgium
16. Yummy (2019) Belgium
17. Kristen (2015) Netherlands
18. Ubiquity (2018) Netherlands
19. The Dress (1996) Netherlands
20. Character (1997) Netherlands
21. Army Brats (1984) Netherlands
22. Small Gods (2007) Belgium
23. I Kill Giants (2017) Belgium
24. Miss Minoes (2001) Netherlands
25. Command (2018) Belgium
26. Blind Spot (2012) Luxembourg
27. Zwartboek (2006) Netherlands
28. Zwart Water (2010) Netherlands
29. Rendez-Vous (2015) Netherlands
30. Vlees / Meat (2010) Netherlands
31. The Johnsons (1992) Netherlands

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The plot here brought Cronenberg's The Brood to mind for me, but this is a lot less atmospheric and less complex. The story is actually pretty odd and might have something to do with black magic and a plot to bring about the end of the world. The characters spend far too much time talking and discussing what to do, but the final half-hour is great as focus switches the murderous septuplets in action. There is a lot of vivid bloodletting in this stretch too.
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27. Boerensymfonie (Henri Storck, Maurice Delattre, 1944) BE
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sol wrote: February 19th, 2021, 3:45 pm Quick note:

I decided not to do a pie chart/OP update today due to limited changes since yesterday. I'll post an update at around the usual time tomorrow though, especially now that Mario is getting into the swing of things. I'm sure he'll get another half-dozen Belgian films under his belt before tomorrow's update...
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22. Secret Wedding (1989) - 6/10 NL
23. Marquis (1989) - 6/10 BE
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!
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12. Watersnood in buurt YY (1899) + De greep (1909) + Panta Rhei (1952) + Blind kind (1964) + Birds (1968) + Nederland (1983) + Big Buck Bunny (2008) + Fitna (2008) + A Single Life (2014) - Netherlands
13. Vet hard (2005) - Netherlands

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01. Interview (2003) - Netherlands
02. Venus in Furs (1994) - Netherlands
03. Luger (1981) - Netherlands
04. De noorderlingen (1992) - Netherlands
05. La fille de Delft (1914) - Belgium
06. Left Luggage (1998) - Netherlands
07. Ben X (2007) - Belgium
08. De zaak Alzheimer (2003) - Belgium
09. Pauline & Paulette (2001) - Belgium
10. Koko Flanel (1990) - Belgium
11. Mr. Nobody (2009) - Belgium
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Do I need some codec here? I can see the video buffering (and playing when jump forward with the mouse) but all I get is black screen. :unsure:
https://polcruchten.com/video-archive/sniper/
Too bad coz it's one of the earliest LU films I can find.
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01. Interview (2003) - Netherlands
02. Venus in Furs (1994) - Netherlands
03. Luger (1981) - Netherlands
04. De noorderlingen (1992) - Netherlands
05. La fille de Delft (1914) - Belgium
06. Left Luggage (1998) - Netherlands
07. Ben X (2007) - Belgium
08. De zaak Alzheimer (2003) - Belgium
09. Pauline & Paulette (2001) - Belgium
10. Koko Flanel (1990) - Belgium
11. Mr. Nobody (2009) - Belgium
12. Watersnood in buurt YY (1899) + De greep (1909) + Panta Rhei (1952) + Blind kind (1964) + Birds (1968) + Nederland (1983) + Big Buck Bunny (2008) + Fitna (2008) + A Single Life (2014) - Netherlands
13. Vet hard (2005) - Netherlands
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Mario Gaborović wrote: February 20th, 2021, 7:45 am Do I need some codec here? I can see the video buffering (and playing when jump forward with the mouse) but all I get is black screen. :unsure:
https://polcruchten.com/video-archive/sniper/
Too bad coz it's one of the earliest LU films I can find.
Works normally for me on Edge
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hurluberlu wrote: February 20th, 2021, 8:00 am
Mario Gaborović wrote: February 20th, 2021, 7:45 am Do I need some codec here? I can see the video buffering (and playing when jump forward with the mouse) but all I get is black screen. :unsure:
https://polcruchten.com/video-archive/sniper/
Too bad coz it's one of the earliest LU films I can find.
Works normally for me on Edge
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beavis wrote: February 14th, 2021, 7:47 pm
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1. To Grab the Ring (1968) NL - 6.0
2. Parfait Amour (1985) NL - 6.0
3. Bluebird (2004) NL - 7.0
4. Blue Bird (2011) BE - 7.5
5. Servais (2018) BE - 6.0
6. Requiem (1986) NL - 6.0
7. Alaska (1989) NL - 7.5
8. shorts
9. shorts
10. shorts
11. shorts
12. shorts
13. shorts
14. shorts
15. shorts
16. shorts
17. shorts
18. shorts
19. Perverse et docile (1971) BE - 7.5
20. Blindgangers (1977) NL - 7.0
21. Pervertissima (1972) BE - 5.0
22. Pruimenbloesem (1982) NL - 6.0
23. Intensive Care (1991) NL - 6.5
24. Fighting Fish (2004) NL - 6.5
25. Honeyz (2007) NL - 6.5
26. shorts
27. Magnum Begynasium Bruxellense (1978) BE - 7.5
28. La comtesse noire (1973) BE - 4.5
29. De Aardwolf (1985) BE - 6.0
30. Maniac Nurses (1990) BE - 5.0
31. shorts
32. shorts
33. Lap rouge (1996) NL - 7.5
34. Medea (1982) NL - 7.5
35. Esther - voorgoed op reis (1975) NL - 6.5
36. Video & Julia (1979) NL - 8.0
37. De stille Oceaan (1984) NL+BE - 7.5
38. Bloedverwanten (1977) NL - 4.0
39. Lyrisch nitraat (1991) NL - 6.0
40. The Forbidden Quest (1993) NL - 7.5
41. Babel - lettre à mes amis restés en Belgique (1991) BE - 7.0
42. À la recherche du lieu de ma naissance (1990) BE - 7.5
43. Face Value (1991) NL - 7.0
44. Leçon de vie (1995) BE - 7.5
45. Jenny (1958) NL - 7.5
46. Diva Dolorosa (1999) NL - 7.5
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47. De avonden (1989) NL - 8.0
48. De kassière (1989) NL - 7.5

Back on the job! :)
We're having a weekend full of early spring weather ahead, after weeks of cold, so I'm hopping on my bike for a few hours before really diving back in, but I wanted to write something about the two I saw last night and this morning.

De Avonden was a great read. It is one of the most famous/loved Dutch novels and I felt I needed to read it before watching the movie. (I am so way behind on reading, this damn film hobby of mine keeps me away from it!!). While reading I could picture several ways of filming it, there are very vivid "scenes", loads of dream sequences too (each chapter describing a day/evening basically ends more or less in a night disturbed by dreams. The movie is not at all as I pictured it. Also not like the book (a lot of scenes and classic lines/jokes are represented, but the film has it's own order for them and works according to its own logic). But it still works. I would even say it is a great companion piece as it lays different accents than I would find important from my first reading. In the film I think there is a clear homosexual subtext that maybe is not in the book (or far too subtle for me to pick up on?) although if you are familiar with the author and assume de Avonden has a lot of autobiographical elements, then it is not surprising. At the start of the film I found it not quite working on a psychological level and it also kicks off a bit too theatrically with inner monologues spoken out loud... but hanging in there, seeing how the movie uses scenes from the book in different ways, the parents also getting a strong central role, I got into it and was surprised how well this approach worked, it really made me think deeper about the book. Of course "the book is better" and the movie might not work as well without having read it, but I really liked the experience of watching it and I thought as adaptations go, this one was very well done.

De Kassiere then, from the same year, also with Thom Hoffmann, also with a lot of blue light... this one actually going full neo-noir with loads of rainy scenes and light filtering through blinds into seedy hotel rooms. As noir film-fantasy goes this is a very well shot and exciting picture. The main character looses some credibility for me in the third act, but I still went along for the ride because it was executed with style. Another main attraction here is the Dave Stewart/Candy Dulfer soundtrack. I remember being in school and Candy Dulfer and her saxophone playing becoming really famous (I think she started playing with Prince somewhere around this time too) all on the back of the Lilly was Here (the English title of this movie) single. Never watched the movie at that time, and as per usual nobody in the Netherlands likes Dutch movies, so there wasn't a strong incentive to search for it later when I got more into movies... glad I catched up on this one now!
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15. Sniper (1994) + Butterflies (2005) + You for Me (2008) + L'orchidée (2011) + The Fall of the House of Usher (2012) + Ouni Mooss (2015) - Luxembourg
16. Zwartboek (2006) - Netherlands

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01. Interview (2003) - Netherlands
02. Venus in Furs (1994) - Netherlands
03. Luger (1981) - Netherlands
04. De noorderlingen (1992) - Netherlands
05. La fille de Delft (1914) - Belgium
06. Left Luggage (1998) - Netherlands
07. Ben X (2007) - Belgium
08. De zaak Alzheimer (2003) - Belgium
09. Pauline & Paulette (2001) - Belgium
10. Koko Flanel (1990) - Belgium
11. Mr. Nobody (2009) - Belgium
12. Watersnood in buurt YY (1899) + De greep (1909) + Panta Rhei (1952) + Blind kind (1964) + Birds (1968) + Nederland (1983) + Big Buck Bunny (2008) + Fitna (2008) + A Single Life (2014) - Netherlands
13. Vet hard (2005) - Netherlands
14. Michel Polnareff: Fame à la Mode (1975) + Michel Polnareff: Tam tam (1981) + The Tell Tale Heart (2005) + X on a Map (2009) + Mr Hublot (2013) + Antoine (2014) + Quenottes (2016) + Article 19-42 (2019) - Luxembourg
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Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands
7. Flodder (1986) Netherlands
8. Quiz (2012) Netherlands
9. Saint (2010) Netherlands
10. Girl (2018) Belgium
11. JCVD (2008) Belgium
12. Milo (2012) Netherlands
13. Cub (2014) Belgium
14. Boy 7 (2015) Netherlands
15. Hunted (2020) Belgium
16. Yummy (2019) Belgium
17. Kristen (2015) Netherlands
18. Ubiquity (2018) Netherlands
19. The Dress (1996) Netherlands
20. Character (1997) Netherlands
21. Army Brats (1984) Netherlands
22. Small Gods (2007) Belgium
23. I Kill Giants (2017) Belgium
24. Miss Minoes (2001) Netherlands
25. Command (2018) Belgium
26. Blind Spot (2012) Luxembourg
27. Zwartboek (2006) Netherlands
28. Zwart Water (2010) Netherlands
29. Rendez-Vous (2015) Netherlands
30. Vlees / Meat (2010) Netherlands
31. The Johnsons (1992) Netherlands
32. Mothers' Instinct (2018) Belgium

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This psychological thriller from Belgium has been compared to the films of Hitchcock and the growing tension and distrust between the two women certainly comes across well. Veerle Baetens and Anne Coesens are both excellent in the lead roles and the first three quarters here are entirely fueled by all the uncertainty in the air; is Baeten simply paranoid or is Coesens actually trying to hurt her back? The final quarter of the film is less effective though.
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Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands
7. Flodder (1986) Netherlands
8. Quiz (2012) Netherlands
9. Saint (2010) Netherlands
10. Girl (2018) Belgium
11. JCVD (2008) Belgium
12. Milo (2012) Netherlands
13. Cub (2014) Belgium
14. Boy 7 (2015) Netherlands
15. Hunted (2020) Belgium
16. Yummy (2019) Belgium
17. Kristen (2015) Netherlands
18. Ubiquity (2018) Netherlands
19. The Dress (1996) Netherlands
20. Character (1997) Netherlands
21. Army Brats (1984) Netherlands
22. Small Gods (2007) Belgium
23. I Kill Giants (2017) Belgium
24. Miss Minoes (2001) Netherlands
25. Command (2018) Belgium
26. Blind Spot (2012) Luxembourg
27. Zwartboek (2006) Netherlands
28. Zwart Water (2010) Netherlands
29. Rendez-Vous (2015) Netherlands
30. Vlees / Meat (2010) Netherlands
31. The Johnsons (1992) Netherlands
32. Mothers' Instinct (2018) Belgium
33. De Boezemvriend (1982) Netherlands

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With rubbery facial expressions and oodles of energy, André van Duin is pretty fun to watch here, whether it be conning gullible folks with his supposed dental skills or tricking town officials into dipping their noses - or whole faces - into soup. Alas, as the film plods along, van Duin's antics soon get tiresome with only so much humour possible from him getting the townsfolk to do things based his supposed authority, but his energy levels certainly never let up.
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24. Little Sister (1995) - 7/10 NL
25. The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009) - 2/10 NL
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!
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17. Het teken van het beest (1980) - Netherlands

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01. Interview (2003) - Netherlands
02. Venus in Furs (1994) - Netherlands
03. Luger (1981) - Netherlands
04. De noorderlingen (1992) - Netherlands
05. La fille de Delft (1914) - Belgium
06. Left Luggage (1998) - Netherlands
07. Ben X (2007) - Belgium
08. De zaak Alzheimer (2003) - Belgium
09. Pauline & Paulette (2001) - Belgium
10. Koko Flanel (1990) - Belgium
11. Mr. Nobody (2009) - Belgium
12. Watersnood in buurt YY (1899) + De greep (1909) + Panta Rhei (1952) + Blind kind (1964) + Birds (1968) + Nederland (1983) + Big Buck Bunny (2008) + Fitna (2008) + A Single Life (2014) - Netherlands
13. Vet hard (2005) - Netherlands
14. Michel Polnareff: Fame à la Mode (1975) + Michel Polnareff: Tam tam (1981) + The Tell Tale Heart (2005) + X on a Map (2009) + Mr Hublot (2013) + Antoine (2014) + Quenottes (2016) + Article 19-42 (2019) - Luxembourg
15. Sniper (1994) + Butterflies (2005) + You for Me (2008) + L'orchidée (2011) + The Fall of the House of Usher (2012) + Ouni Mooss (2015) - Luxembourg
16. Zwartboek (2006) - Netherlands
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(Screenshot from 'Crepuscule'),

19. Crepuscule (Victor Nieuwenhuijs & Maartje Seyferth, 2009) 7/10 (Netherlands)
20. Dead Body Welcome (Kees Brienen, 2013) 8/10 (Netherlands)

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1. Dagboek (Diary, Johan van der Keuken, 1972) 9/10 (Netherlands)
2. De nieuwe ijstijd (The New Ice Age, Johan van der Keuken, 1974-79) 9/10 (Netherlands)
3. Magnum Begynasium Bruxellense (Boris Lehman, 1978) 8.5/10 (Belgium)
4. Couple, regards, positions (Boris Lehman & Nadine Wandel, 1983) 8/10 (Belgium)
5. De tijd (Time, Johan van der Keuken, 1983) 8/10 (Netherlands)
6. À la recherche du lieu de ma naissance (Looking for My Birthplace, Boris Lehman, 1990) 8/10 (Belgium)
7. Medea (Frans Zwartjes, 1982) 9/10 (Netherlands)
8. Steekspel (Tricked, Paul Verhoeven, 2012) 6.5/10 (Netherlands)
9. Pour vos beaux yeux (For Your Beautiful Eyes, Henri Storck, 1929) 7.5/10 (RV) (7 min), Idylle à la plage (Romance on the Beach, Henri Storck, 1931) 9/10 (23 min), L'île de Pâques (Easter Island, Henri Storck & John Fernhout, 1934) 7.5/10 (23 min), La fenêtre ouverte (The Open Window, Henri Storck, 1952) 7.5/10 (18 min), Les Dieux du feu (Henri Storck, 1961) 8/10 (10 min) (Total: 81 min) (5xBelgium)
10. Rubens (Henri Storck & Paul Haesaerts, 1948) 8/10 (Belgium)
11. Herman Teirlinck (Henri Storck, 1953) 7.5/10 (Belgium)
12. Un joli petit coin (Not a Bad Little Place, Patrick Van Antwerpen, 1980) 8/10 (Belgium)
13. Twee (Two, Gert de Graaff, 1986) 9/10 (Netherlands)
14. De zee die denkt (The Sea That Thinks, Gert de Graaff, 2000) 8/10 (Netherlands)
15. Sur les routes de l’été (On the Roads this Summer, Henri Storck, 1936) 7/10 (13 min), Havenlichten (Harbor Lights, Raoul Servais, 1959) 7/10 (10 min), Ô Sidarta (Michel Jakar & Philippe Druillet, 1974) 7/10 (11 min), La poupée - Les mystères de l'agence K (Gérald Frydman, 1987) 6/10 (26 min), Irkutz 88 (Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 2005) 8/10 (22 min) (Total: 82 min) (5xBelgium)
16. En waar de sterre bleef stille staan (Little Baby Jesus of Flandr, Gust Van den Berghe, 2010) 8.5/10 (Belgium)
17. Blue Bird (Gust Van den Berghe, 2011) 7.5/10 (Belgium)
18. Lucifer (Gust Van den Berghe, 2014) 8/10 (Belgium)
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Mario Gaborović wrote: February 20th, 2021, 11:40 pm 17. Het teken van het beest (1980) - Netherlands

Spoiler
01. Interview (2003) - Netherlands
02. Venus in Furs (1994) - Netherlands
03. Luger (1981) - Netherlands
04. De noorderlingen (1992) - Netherlands
05. La fille de Delft (1914) - Belgium
06. Left Luggage (1998) - Netherlands
07. Ben X (2007) - Belgium
08. De zaak Alzheimer (2003) - Belgium
09. Pauline & Paulette (2001) - Belgium
10. Koko Flanel (1990) - Belgium
11. Mr. Nobody (2009) - Belgium
12. Watersnood in buurt YY (1899) + De greep (1909) + Panta Rhei (1952) + Blind kind (1964) + Birds (1968) + Nederland (1983) + Big Buck Bunny (2008) + Fitna (2008) + A Single Life (2014) - Netherlands
13. Vet hard (2005) - Netherlands
14. Michel Polnareff: Fame à la Mode (1975) + Michel Polnareff: Tam tam (1981) + The Tell Tale Heart (2005) + X on a Map (2009) + Mr Hublot (2013) + Antoine (2014) + Quenottes (2016) + Article 19-42 (2019) - Luxembourg
15. Sniper (1994) + Butterflies (2005) + You for Me (2008) + L'orchidée (2011) + The Fall of the House of Usher (2012) + Ouni Mooss (2015) - Luxembourg
16. Zwartboek (2006) - Netherlands
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1. Rosetta (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 1999) - 8/10 BELGIUM
2. Le fils [The Son] (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 2002) - 8/10 BELGIUM
3. L'enfant [The Child] (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 2005) - 9/10 BELGIUM
4. Le gamin au vélo [The Kid with a Bike] (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 2011) - 7/10 BELGIUM
5. Le jeune Ahmed [Young Ahmed] (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 2019) - 7/10 BELGIUM
6. La promesse (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 1996) - 7/10 BELGIUM
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Harco wrote: February 21st, 2021, 8:23 am
17. Het teken van het beest (1980) - Netherlands

What did you think of this one?
I think that's my best watch in this challenge, rated it 7/10. I loved that melancholic touch of the bygone times and the fact it's a real life story.

So strange it's not included in the Dutch Film Festival best movies official list, while Vet hard, which is downright awful, is.
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Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands
7. Flodder (1986) Netherlands
8. Quiz (2012) Netherlands
9. Saint (2010) Netherlands
10. Girl (2018) Belgium
11. JCVD (2008) Belgium
12. Milo (2012) Netherlands
13. Cub (2014) Belgium
14. Boy 7 (2015) Netherlands
15. Hunted (2020) Belgium
16. Yummy (2019) Belgium
17. Kristen (2015) Netherlands
18. Ubiquity (2018) Netherlands
19. The Dress (1996) Netherlands
20. Character (1997) Netherlands
21. Army Brats (1984) Netherlands
22. Small Gods (2007) Belgium
23. I Kill Giants (2017) Belgium
24. Miss Minoes (2001) Netherlands
25. Command (2018) Belgium
26. Blind Spot (2012) Luxembourg
27. Zwartboek (2006) Netherlands
28. Zwart Water (2010) Netherlands
29. Rendez-Vous (2015) Netherlands
30. Vlees / Meat (2010) Netherlands
31. The Johnsons (1992) Netherlands
32. Mothers' Instinct (2018) Belgium
33. De Boezemvriend (1982) Netherlands
34. A Woman Like Eve (1979) Netherlands

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Leaving her insensitive husband for a woman has drastic consequences for a mother of two here. As the female leads, Monique van de Ven and Maria Schneider share good chemistry and the former's identity crisis is well done as she gradually comes to proudly accept that she is a lesbian. As her husband though, Peter Faber is obnoxious even before she comes out and he is painted as such a deplorable person that her leaving him only feels inevitable.

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jdidaco wrote: February 21st, 2021, 1:29 am (Screenshot from 'Crepuscule') not found :P

20. Dead Body Welcome (Kees Brienen, 2013) 8/10 (Netherlands) I saw yesterday :thumbsup:

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1. Dagboek (Diary, Johan van der Keuken, 1972) 9/10 (Netherlands)
2. De nieuwe ijstijd (The New Ice Age, Johan van der Keuken, 1974-79) 9/10 (Netherlands)
3. Magnum Begynasium Bruxellense (Boris Lehman, 1978) 8.5/10 (Belgium)
4. Couple, regards, positions (Boris Lehman & Nadine Wandel, 1983) 8/10 (Belgium)
5. De tijd (Time, Johan van der Keuken, 1983) 8/10 (Netherlands)
6. À la recherche du lieu de ma naissance (Looking for My Birthplace, Boris Lehman, 1990) 8/10 (Belgium)
7. Medea (Frans Zwartjes, 1982) 9/10 (Netherlands)
8. Steekspel (Tricked, Paul Verhoeven, 2012) 6.5/10 (Netherlands)
9. Pour vos beaux yeux (For Your Beautiful Eyes, Henri Storck, 1929) 7.5/10 (RV) (7 min), Idylle à la plage (Romance on the Beach, Henri Storck, 1931) 9/10 (23 min), L'île de Pâques (Easter Island, Henri Storck & John Fernhout, 1934) 7.5/10 (23 min), La fenêtre ouverte (The Open Window, Henri Storck, 1952) 7.5/10 (18 min), Les Dieux du feu (Henri Storck, 1961) 8/10 (10 min) (Total: 81 min) (5xBelgium)
10. Rubens (Henri Storck & Paul Haesaerts, 1948) 8/10 (Belgium)
11. Herman Teirlinck (Henri Storck, 1953) 7.5/10 (Belgium)
12. Un joli petit coin (Not a Bad Little Place, Patrick Van Antwerpen, 1980) 8/10 (Belgium)
13. Twee (Two, Gert de Graaff, 1986) 9/10 (Netherlands)
14. De zee die denkt (The Sea That Thinks, Gert de Graaff, 2000) 8/10 (Netherlands)
15. Sur les routes de l’été (On the Roads this Summer, Henri Storck, 1936) 7/10 (13 min), Havenlichten (Harbor Lights, Raoul Servais, 1959) 7/10 (10 min), Ô Sidarta (Michel Jakar & Philippe Druillet, 1974) 7/10 (11 min), La poupée - Les mystères de l'agence K (Gérald Frydman, 1987) 6/10 (26 min), Irkutz 88 (Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 2005) 8/10 (22 min) (Total: 82 min) (5xBelgium)
16. En waar de sterre bleef stille staan (Little Baby Jesus of Flandr, Gust Van den Berghe, 2010) 8.5/10 (Belgium)
17. Blue Bird (Gust Van den Berghe, 2011) 7.5/10 (Belgium)
18. Lucifer (Gust Van den Berghe, 2014) 8/10 (Belgium)
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26. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) - 3/10 BE
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lynchs wrote:(Screenshot from 'Crepuscule') not found :P

20. Dead Body Welcome (Kees Brienen, 2013) 8/10 (Netherlands) I saw yesterday :thumbsup:
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'Dead Body Welcome' was a nice surprise, I especially liked that the journey - physical, spiritual - the director/character makes within the course of the film mimics the film's own form, from intimate realism, to the most abstract and metaphoric. with many layers in-between. And that gorgeous eclipse!

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1. On Top of the Whale (NL 1982, Raoul Ruiz) 5
2. A Tale of the Wind (NL, 1988, Joris Ivens) 6.5
3a. De Brug (NL, 1928, Joris Ivens) 15 min
3b. Regen (NL, 1929, Joris Ivens) 14 min
3c. Philips-Radio (NL, 1931, Joris Ivens) 36 min
3d. Father and Daughter (NL, 2000, Michael Dudok de Wit) 8 min
3e. Harpya (BE, 1979, Raoul Servais) 9 min
4. Man Bites Dog (BE, 1992, Rémy Belvaux) 8+
5. The Promise (BE, 1996, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) 8
6. Rosetta (BE, 1999, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) 7.5
7. The Son (BE, 2002, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) 8+
8. The Child (BE, 2005, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) 8+
9. Lorna's Silence (BE, 2008, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) 7
10. The Kid with a Bike (BE, 2011, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) 7.5
11. Two Days, One Night (BE, 2014, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) 8
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18. Daens (1992) - Belgium
19. In den dierentuin van Antwerpen (1910) + Le monde de Paul Delvaux (1946) + La fenêtre ouverte (1952) + Saute ma ville (1968) + Sirène (1968) + Dood van een Schaduw (2012) + Robo (2019) - Belgium
20. Het oog boven de put (1988) - Netherlands

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01. Interview (2003) - Netherlands
02. Venus in Furs (1994) - Netherlands
03. Luger (1981) - Netherlands
04. De noorderlingen (1992) - Netherlands
05. La fille de Delft (1914) - Belgium
06. Left Luggage (1998) - Netherlands
07. Ben X (2007) - Belgium
08. De zaak Alzheimer (2003) - Belgium
09. Pauline & Paulette (2001) - Belgium
10. Koko Flanel (1990) - Belgium
11. Mr. Nobody (2009) - Belgium
12. Watersnood in buurt YY (1899) + De greep (1909) + Panta Rhei (1952) + Blind kind (1964) + Birds (1968) + Nederland (1983) + Big Buck Bunny (2008) + Fitna (2008) + A Single Life (2014) - Netherlands
13. Vet hard (2005) - Netherlands
14. Michel Polnareff: Fame à la Mode (1975) + Michel Polnareff: Tam tam (1981) + The Tell Tale Heart (2005) + X on a Map (2009) + Mr Hublot (2013) + Antoine (2014) + Quenottes (2016) + Article 19-42 (2019) - Luxembourg
15. Sniper (1994) + Butterflies (2005) + You for Me (2008) + L'orchidée (2011) + The Fall of the House of Usher (2012) + Ouni Mooss (2015) - Luxembourg
16. Zwartboek (2006) - Netherlands
17. Het teken van het beest (1980) - Netherlands
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4. Daughters of Darkness (1971, BEL)
5. Malpertuis (1971, BEL)
6. De komst van Joachim Stiller (1976, NED/BEL)
7. The Secrets of Love (1986, NED/BEL)

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1. De lift (1983, NED)
2. Flodder (1986, NED)
3. Amsterdamned (1988, NED)
4. Daughters of Darkness (1971, BEL)
5. Malpertuis (1971, BEL)
6. De komst van Joachim Stiller (1976, NED/BEL)
7. The Secrets of Love (1986, NED/BEL)
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28. Rendez-vous à Bray (1971) BE
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OP and pie chart updated. Some gains for Belgium, and if the trend continues, who knows which country will be on top by the end of the month? :blink:

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beavis wrote: February 20th, 2021, 9:54 am
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1. To Grab the Ring (1968) NL - 6.0
2. Parfait Amour (1985) NL - 6.0
3. Bluebird (2004) NL - 7.0
4. Blue Bird (2011) BE - 7.5
5. Servais (2018) BE - 6.0
6. Requiem (1986) NL - 6.0
7. Alaska (1989) NL - 7.5
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9. shorts
10. shorts
11. shorts
12. shorts
13. shorts
14. shorts
15. shorts
16. shorts
17. shorts
18. shorts
19. Perverse et docile (1971) BE - 7.5
20. Blindgangers (1977) NL - 7.0
21. Pervertissima (1972) BE - 5.0
22. Pruimenbloesem (1982) NL - 6.0
23. Intensive Care (1991) NL - 6.5
24. Fighting Fish (2004) NL - 6.5
25. Honeyz (2007) NL - 6.5
26. shorts
27. Magnum Begynasium Bruxellense (1978) BE - 7.5
28. La comtesse noire (1973) BE - 4.5
29. De Aardwolf (1985) BE - 6.0
30. Maniac Nurses (1990) BE - 5.0
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33. Lap rouge (1996) NL - 7.5
34. Medea (1982) NL - 7.5
35. Esther - voorgoed op reis (1975) NL - 6.5
36. Video & Julia (1979) NL - 8.0
37. De stille Oceaan (1984) NL+BE - 7.5
38. Bloedverwanten (1977) NL - 4.0
39. Lyrisch nitraat (1991) NL - 6.0
40. The Forbidden Quest (1993) NL - 7.5
41. Babel - lettre à mes amis restés en Belgique (1991) BE - 7.0
42. À la recherche du lieu de ma naissance (1990) BE - 7.5
43. Face Value (1991) NL - 7.0
44. Leçon de vie (1995) BE - 7.5
45. Jenny (1958) NL - 7.5
46. Diva Dolorosa (1999) NL - 7.5
47. De avonden (1989) NL - 8.0
48. De kassière (1989) NL - 7.5
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49. Îles flottantes (2001) NL - 8
50. Boda secreta (1989) NL - 7,5
51. An Amsterdam Tale (1999) NL - 6,5

I read a lot of negative reviews on Iles Flottantes which is why I have been hesitant to seek out this early feature of one of my favorite Dutch directors. But I needn't have worried. While this isn't yet going for the more experimental/minimal mode she turned to later, the characters are very well written. And she has assembled an expert cast to portray them. It is mostly about characters being aimless in life (living in a big city, having completed University education, very privileged without actually being anything much). But there is room for comedy too and there are a few nice supporting characters around them.

Boda Secreta is very much a Latin American movie in spirit... there is magic realism, a political background and passionate love... but it is a Dutch production, winning a Gouden Kalf even, and the director lived in the Netherlands for a while, making movies with the Pim de la Parra crowd. That independent spirit seeps through in a few quirks/choices, but if you don't know the director I don't think you'll notice.

An Amsterdam Tale is another one with mostly negative reviews. Understandable in this case as it is from the director who made the notorious bad movie "Intensive Care", all dialogue is in English with noticeable Dutch accents/diction, and it has a kinda no wave/abel ferrara vibe going on by being about a brothel/strip club with only a minimal story going on to help the action along. BUT it is not that bad actually. Sure you can't take it too seriously and you have to acknowledge mostly being there for the magnetic performance of Ellen ten Damme (or for the cult factor of also featuring Sylvia Kristel...) but I thought the scene was represented believable enough and it kept my interest. I actually like that "we" are making movies like this, that go for some kind of cult appeal and not for a general crowd pleasing one, as the Dutch Film Fund wants all Dutch cinema to be...
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21. Abeltje (1998) - Netherlands

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01. Interview (2003) - Netherlands
02. Venus in Furs (1994) - Netherlands
03. Luger (1981) - Netherlands
04. De noorderlingen (1992) - Netherlands
05. La fille de Delft (1914) - Belgium
06. Left Luggage (1998) - Netherlands
07. Ben X (2007) - Belgium
08. De zaak Alzheimer (2003) - Belgium
09. Pauline & Paulette (2001) - Belgium
10. Koko Flanel (1990) - Belgium
11. Mr. Nobody (2009) - Belgium
12. Watersnood in buurt YY (1899) + De greep (1909) + Panta Rhei (1952) + Blind kind (1964) + Birds (1968) + Nederland (1983) + Big Buck Bunny (2008) + Fitna (2008) + A Single Life (2014) - Netherlands
13. Vet hard (2005) - Netherlands
14. Michel Polnareff: Fame à la Mode (1975) + Michel Polnareff: Tam tam (1981) + The Tell Tale Heart (2005) + X on a Map (2009) + Mr Hublot (2013) + Antoine (2014) + Quenottes (2016) + Article 19-42 (2019) - Luxembourg
15. Sniper (1994) + Butterflies (2005) + You for Me (2008) + L'orchidée (2011) + The Fall of the House of Usher (2012) + Ouni Mooss (2015) - Luxembourg
16. Zwartboek (2006) - Netherlands
17. Het teken van het beest (1980) - Netherlands
18. Daens (1992) - Belgium
19. In den dierentuin van Antwerpen (1910) + Le monde de Paul Delvaux (1946) + La fenêtre ouverte (1952) + Saute ma ville (1968) + Sirène (1968) + Dood van een Schaduw (2012) + Robo (2019) - Belgium
20. Het oog boven de put (1988) - Netherlands
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jdidaco wrote: February 21st, 2021, 5:05 pm
lynchs wrote:(Screenshot from 'Crepuscule') not found :P

20. Dead Body Welcome (Kees Brienen, 2013) 8/10 (Netherlands) I saw yesterday :thumbsup:
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'Dead Body Welcome' was a nice surprise, I especially liked that the journey - physical, spiritual - the director/character makes within the course of the film mimics the film's own form, from intimate realism, to the most abstract and metaphoric. with many layers in-between. And that gorgeous eclipse!

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Screenshot WOW! :woot:

Hear Hear!
same rating for 'Dead Body Welcome', nice surprise :thumbsup:
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Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands
7. Flodder (1986) Netherlands
8. Quiz (2012) Netherlands
9. Saint (2010) Netherlands
10. Girl (2018) Belgium
11. JCVD (2008) Belgium
12. Milo (2012) Netherlands
13. Cub (2014) Belgium
14. Boy 7 (2015) Netherlands
15. Hunted (2020) Belgium
16. Yummy (2019) Belgium
17. Kristen (2015) Netherlands
18. Ubiquity (2018) Netherlands
19. The Dress (1996) Netherlands
20. Character (1997) Netherlands
21. Army Brats (1984) Netherlands
22. Small Gods (2007) Belgium
23. I Kill Giants (2017) Belgium
24. Miss Minoes (2001) Netherlands
25. Command (2018) Belgium
26. Blind Spot (2012) Luxembourg
27. Zwartboek (2006) Netherlands
28. Zwart Water (2010) Netherlands
29. Rendez-Vous (2015) Netherlands
30. Vlees / Meat (2010) Netherlands
31. The Johnsons (1992) Netherlands
32. Mothers' Instinct (2018) Belgium
33. De Boezemvriend (1982) Netherlands
34. A Woman Like Eve (1979) Netherlands
35. A Flight of Rainbirds (1981) Netherlands

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This gets off to a nice and quirky start with a bright red dream sequence and many scenes of lead actor Jeroen Krabbé talking to his alter ego (also played by Krabbé) who mentors him. As the film wears on though, it soon becomes plain silly with some of his mistakes when trying to woo women, even getting himself arrested at one point. Things really fall down in the second half though as the movie turns more serious, but Krabbé really shines throughout.
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1. The Unemployment Club (Bausch, 2003). A comedy about a group of unemployed middle aged men who, largely, are up to no good. LUXEMBOURG.
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27. Guernsey (2005) - 7/10 NL
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8. Turkish Delight / Turks fruit (Paul Verhoeven, 1973) [NL] 6
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1. Doris (Albert Jan van Rees, 2018) [NL] 6+
2. Adoration (Fabrice Du Welz, 2019) [BE] 7
3. Mothers' Instinct / Duelles (Olivier Masset-Depasse, 2018) [BE] 6
4. Girl (Lukas Dhont, 2018) [BE] 8
5. Our Struggles / Nos Batailles (Guillaume Senez, 2018) [BE] 6+
6. [82mins] short animations, all from BE
Dry Sea (2020) 7
Through the Cymbals I Will Watch (2020) 7-
Hold me Tight (2020) 7
Easter Eggs (2020) 8
Kriéolou (2020) 6+
Opa & Omi (2020) 7
Scarlet Red (2019) 6
L'Oreille musicale (2020) 6-
Elefan - Pavement (2020) 7-
Grand Soleil - Réalité (2019) 7+
Horrible Tales for Terrible Children (2019) 6
L'Homme assis qui voulait se lever (2019) 8
Master of None (2020) 5+
Ouic Ouic (2020) 5
7. La deuxième nuit (Eric Pauwels, 2016) 7 [BE]
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29. De Kuthoer (2019) NL
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OP and pie chart updated with Lux starting to look like more than just a sliver. :pinch:

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22. De onwillige trekhond (1899) + Na afloop der kindervoorstelling in den Circus Carré, 13 september (1899), De mésaventure van een Fransch heertje zonder pantalon aan het strand te Zandvoort (1905) + De molens die juichen en weenen (1912) + De afwezige (1913) + Beppie (1965) - Netherlands

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01. Interview (2003) - Netherlands
02. Venus in Furs (1994) - Netherlands
03. Luger (1981) - Netherlands
04. De noorderlingen (1992) - Netherlands
05. La fille de Delft (1914) - Belgium
06. Left Luggage (1998) - Netherlands
07. Ben X (2007) - Belgium
08. De zaak Alzheimer (2003) - Belgium
09. Pauline & Paulette (2001) - Belgium
10. Koko Flanel (1990) - Belgium
11. Mr. Nobody (2009) - Belgium
12. Watersnood in buurt YY (1899) + De greep (1909) + Panta Rhei (1952) + Blind kind (1964) + Birds (1968) + Nederland (1983) + Big Buck Bunny (2008) + Fitna (2008) + A Single Life (2014) - Netherlands
13. Vet hard (2005) - Netherlands
14. Michel Polnareff: Fame à la Mode (1975) + Michel Polnareff: Tam tam (1981) + The Tell Tale Heart (2005) + X on a Map (2009) + Mr Hublot (2013) + Antoine (2014) + Quenottes (2016) + Article 19-42 (2019) - Luxembourg
15. Sniper (1994) + Butterflies (2005) + You for Me (2008) + L'orchidée (2011) + The Fall of the House of Usher (2012) + Ouni Mooss (2015) - Luxembourg
16. Zwartboek (2006) - Netherlands
17. Het teken van het beest (1980) - Netherlands
18. Daens (1992) - Belgium
19. In den dierentuin van Antwerpen (1910) + Le monde de Paul Delvaux (1946) + La fenêtre ouverte (1952) + Saute ma ville (1968) + Sirène (1968) + Dood van een Schaduw (2012) + Robo (2019) - Belgium
20. Het oog boven de put (1988) - Netherlands
21. Abeltje (1998) - Netherlands
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Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands
7. Flodder (1986) Netherlands
8. Quiz (2012) Netherlands
9. Saint (2010) Netherlands
10. Girl (2018) Belgium
11. JCVD (2008) Belgium
12. Milo (2012) Netherlands
13. Cub (2014) Belgium
14. Boy 7 (2015) Netherlands
15. Hunted (2020) Belgium
16. Yummy (2019) Belgium
17. Kristen (2015) Netherlands
18. Ubiquity (2018) Netherlands
19. The Dress (1996) Netherlands
20. Character (1997) Netherlands
21. Army Brats (1984) Netherlands
22. Small Gods (2007) Belgium
23. I Kill Giants (2017) Belgium
24. Miss Minoes (2001) Netherlands
25. Command (2018) Belgium
26. Blind Spot (2012) Luxembourg
27. Zwartboek (2006) Netherlands
28. Zwart Water (2010) Netherlands
29. Rendez-Vous (2015) Netherlands
30. Vlees / Meat (2010) Netherlands
31. The Johnsons (1992) Netherlands
32. Mothers' Instinct (2018) Belgium
33. De Boezemvriend (1982) Netherlands
34. A Woman Like Eve (1979) Netherlands
35. A Flight of Rainbirds (1981) Netherlands
36. A Question of Silence (1982) Netherlands

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This is mostly powered by the mystery of why three women killed a shopkeeper when all he did was catch one of them shoplifting - and the answer when it comes is disappointing. This is apparently an important feminist movie, but the plot turns ultimately make one feel sorrier for the victim rather than the women, mistreated as they might have been by the men in their lives. The film certainly has its moments though; the ice-cold silent killing is amazing.
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Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands
7. Flodder (1986) Netherlands
8. Quiz (2012) Netherlands
9. Saint (2010) Netherlands
10. Girl (2018) Belgium
11. JCVD (2008) Belgium
12. Milo (2012) Netherlands
13. Cub (2014) Belgium
14. Boy 7 (2015) Netherlands
15. Hunted (2020) Belgium
16. Yummy (2019) Belgium
17. Kristen (2015) Netherlands
18. Ubiquity (2018) Netherlands
19. The Dress (1996) Netherlands
20. Character (1997) Netherlands
21. Army Brats (1984) Netherlands
22. Small Gods (2007) Belgium
23. I Kill Giants (2017) Belgium
24. Miss Minoes (2001) Netherlands
25. Command (2018) Belgium
26. Blind Spot (2012) Luxembourg
27. Zwartboek (2006) Netherlands
28. Zwart Water (2010) Netherlands
29. Rendez-Vous (2015) Netherlands
30. Vlees / Meat (2010) Netherlands
31. The Johnsons (1992) Netherlands
32. Mothers' Instinct (2018) Belgium
33. De Boezemvriend (1982) Netherlands
34. A Woman Like Eve (1979) Netherlands
35. A Flight of Rainbirds (1981) Netherlands
36. A Question of Silence (1982) Netherlands
37. This Magnificent Cake! (2018) Belgium

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This animation starts off as interesting look at Belgians in the Congo, first focusing on a king dreaming of having his own piece of land in Africa, then switching to a Congolese man working for Belgians in a hotel they built there where the children neglect pet animals and the men and women seem rather batty. The film subsequent drifts into weird and more surreal territory. This is never quite boring but it feels unfocused as an anti-colonisation narrative.
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