The shitty things

The shitty things

           The shitty things
               Genre: comedy drama
               Puberty, Family, Cannes 2009, Belgium, the underclass, Munich Film Festival 2009

There is something rotten in the state of Belgium

  “God created the day and we are dragged through it.” (Dimitri Verhulst: the shitty of things)

What is going on with the Belgian filmmakers? we had the impression for years, the Belgian film industry would be almost exclusively from the Dardenne brothers, pushing for in recent years young, mostly Flemish directors and produce a stunning film after another. What is striking here is her relentless and disillusioned view of the outer areas of the Belgian company to outsiders, and drop-outs, the freaks and the lonely. Koen Mortier’s Ex Drummer, Bouli Lanners’ Eldorado and now Felix van Groening The Misfortunates resemble each other so much in their themes and their attitude, that many film critics is already a Belgian can make “nouvelle vague”. A cinema that is looking at the social realities of the country and this shows relentlessly. The sober view of the social borders and imbalances, he unites upstart filmmakers like the Dardenne and newcomers like the young Flemish savages, he builds bridges in a country that is split by a dispute between the languages, cultures and mentalities as deep as almost any other Central European nation.

is interesting in particular, that this kind of filmmaking and international attention is growing. Even if some director is initially still forced to make spectacular action film to his attention. This is what happened at this year’s Cannes film festival, when Felix van Groeningen naked with his main characters on the Croisette to the Palais de Festival and rode it so promptly managed on a broad front in the media. The danger in such actions: Any reports on the event, hardly anyone on the film. Which is a shame, especially in the case of The Misfortunates. The film is in fact a coming-of-age story with a difference: The really sad story of growing up in precarious situations is so superficially cheerful and terribly profound told that you never know whether to laugh or cry now. One is inclined to do both.

The 13-year-old Gunther Strobbe (Kenneth Vanbaeden) lives with his father, the drunkard and ne’er Marcel alias Celle (Koen De Graeve) and his three uncles also scrapped Lowie / Petrol (Wouter Hendrickx), Pieter / Beefcake (Johan Bergh heroes) and Koen (Bert Haelvoet) for his kind grandmother (Gilda de Bal). While the old lady abrackert, the four adult men is nothing but nonsense in the head and are concerned with have nothing to defend the honor of Strobbe in the village pub and highlights such as a Nacktfahrradrennen and a world record attempt in the period of beer drinking. And Gunther is always there.

Thought that the influence of adults on him not just a positive effect. Even if the mad actions shall his father and his brothers again and again for amusement, is clearly later than the intervention of the youth that this is not an environment in which a boy can develop normally. But Gunther is fully committed to his father. The boy knows instinctively that this has a serious drinking problem and sooner or later going to the dogs. Can a thirteen take responsibility for his father? Or is the boy as the head teacher should go to boarding school? Twenty years later, as Gunther (played now by Valentijn Dhaenens) has become a failed writer who tries to bring his story to paper and his life on the line, it becomes clear how much it all this still busy. And you can feel the fear that it might be like his father. Perhaps this is his path traced …

The presentation of The Misfortunates comes from the pen of Belgium very successful writer Dimitri Verhulst and in Germany with the title The crappy things (the Belgian title of the film says exactly that) published by Luchterhand. Together with the author of the autobiographical novel, Felix van Groeningen a terribly nice, very gentle and wild plant shot that will hopefully find their way into the German cinemas. For, in addition to the laughter and the horror of a youth like this makes the film especially courage. Courage to try it despite all the bad experiences to over and over again, but yet to make his life the best.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: The crappy things Original Title: De helaasheid of hire Country of production: , Belgium Production year: 2009 Length: 108 (Min.) Distribution: Camino Film Distribution

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