Movie Review – The Lost Prince (Le prince oublié)

The Lost Prince (Le prince oublié) France/Belgium (2020) Dir. Michel Hazanavicius Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world emotionally, from playing the bad guy when children play up to fretting over their welfare when they are out of sight. One of the hardest things for some is accepting their little … Continue reading Movie Review – The Lost Prince (Le prince oublié)

By The Grace Of God (Grâce à Dieu)

By The Grace Of God (Grâce à Dieu) France/Belgium (2019) Dir. François Ozon “God teaches us to love children. Just not that much.” These words are not meant in jest, spoken by a high-ranking cardinal when discussing an accusation of historical sexual child abuse by one of his priests. Based on real events, this is … Continue reading By The Grace Of God (Grâce à Dieu)

Miss Montigny

Miss Montigny Belgium (2005) Dir. Miel Van Hoogenbemt Getting through life on your own terms is always going to be a struggle. This doesn’t mean asking for help or maybe allowing yourself to occasionally be led in order to get things moving is off the table either, its knowing when the agenda is getting results … Continue reading Miss Montigny

15 Minutes Of War (L’intervention)

15 Minutes Of War (L'intervention) France/Belgium (2019) Dir. Fred Grivois Contrary to what each generation may think, terrorism is not a new concept although it has admittedly been on the rise over the past two decades through disputes involving the Middle East. 15 Minutes Of War is based on true events of a 1976 hostage … Continue reading 15 Minutes Of War (L’intervention)

The Giants (Les géants)

The Giants (Les géants) Belgium (2011) Dir. Bouli Lanners When we were kids we all yearned for freedom from adults around us, allowing us to run amok and have adventures unfettered from disapproval and stringent rules. Yet without being able to return to our families or the oppression of adult rule to rebel against, this … Continue reading The Giants (Les géants)

Girl

Girl (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 101 minutes approx. Transgender identity and surrounding issues are difficult to portray in film for fear of accusations from the LGBT community of inaccurate representations of the characters. Lukas Dhont’s Girl, based on the real life story of Belgium trans dancer Nora Monsecour, … Continue reading Girl

Racer And The Jailbird (Le Fidèle)

Racer And The Jailbird (Le Fidèle) France/Belgium (2017) Dir. Michaël R. Roskam Is it worth falling in love? I know you can’t control who you fall in love (or so they say) with but surely, when you know that person is a wrong ‘un then common sense would dictate you get away from them sharpish, … Continue reading Racer And The Jailbird (Le Fidèle)

Revenge

Revenge France (2017) Dir. Coralie Fargeat The title says it all really. This is a film above vengeance just like many before it and is a rape-revenge thriller to boot. Just knowing that means we know what to expect from this film, right? In actual fact, the answer is “Not quite”. Revenge comes from a … Continue reading Revenge

Even Lovers Get The Blues

Even Lovers Get The Blues Belgium (2016) Dir. Laurent Micheli Queen guitarist Brian May famously wrote the song Too Much Love Will Kill You but if he had seen this film first, perhaps he might have changed it to Too Much Sex Will Kill You as that seems to be the central message of this … Continue reading Even Lovers Get The Blues

Gangsta

Gangsta (Cert 18) 1 Disc DVD / VOD (Distributor: Signature) Running Time: 125 minutes approx. If you’ve watched any Belgian dramas on TV, you’ll know they are as gloomy as any Scandi thrillers, with their glacial pacing, dour aesthetic, and suburban ennui. Gangsta, from the team of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, goes in … Continue reading Gangsta