Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Misfortunates (2009)

The Misfortunates / De helaasheid der dingen (2009)

Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Felix Van Groeningen
Starring: Kenneth Vanbaeden, Valentijn Dhaenens, Koen De Graeve, Johan Heldenbergh, Wouter Hendrickx, Bert Haelvoet, Gilda De Bal.   
Duration: 108 min.
Rating: 7.3/10

13-year-old Gunther Strobbe grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he's being prepared for the same hapless life. Can he defy his destiny?


The Misforutnates is a film by Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen, it was Belgium's official selection to the 82nd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.  It is a film from the perspective of a young boy growing up surrounded by a severely dysfunctional family, that constantly dances on the line between edgy and vulgar.  But amidst the violence, drunkenness, and debauchery is a poignant story of humanity.



Mr. Bloggity said...

Looks interesting, kinda messed up, but interesting.

Das Auto! said...

i saw a movie with a similar plot a wihle back, but i can't remember the name

Jack L said...

This looks most interesting, I'm not very familiar with Belgian Cinema so I think i'll watch this film someday soon...
Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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