Category Archives: Belgium

Finding will to live: “Une place sur la Terre” [2013 Belgium, France]

It seems ages since a French film was reviewed here..!
Fabienne Godet comes across as a seasoned observer of human psychology – her drama “Une place sur la Terre” [Eng. Title: A Place on Earth] explores with authority friendship and love … Continue reading

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The culmination of a personal journey: “Les rendez-vous d’Anna” [1978 Belgium, France, Germany]

Chantal Akerman continues her semi-autobiographical journey as filmmaker that started with her ‘New York’ set of films, followed by Je, tu, il, elle, where she played the lead herself, to “Les rendez-vous d’Anna” [Eng. Title: The Meetings of Anna], with … Continue reading

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The film that announced the arrival of Chantal Akerman into the world of auteur cinema.

The 1975 Franco-Belgian film “Jeanne Dielman”, or “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles” to be precise, saw a young lady of twenty five with little formal qualification in film introduce a totally new vocabulary into cinema. Chantal … Continue reading

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Déborah François and others in “My Queen Karo” [2009 Belgium, Netherlands]

I believe coming-of-age must be a favourite subject for Dutch-Belgian director Dorothée Van Den Berghe – this is the second film of hers that I’ve seen delving into it. “My Queen Karo” is a delicate study of a young … Continue reading

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Arta Dobroshi in “Le Silence de Lorna” [2008 Belgium, France]

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have made another excellent conscientious drama in “Le Silence de Lorna” [Eng. Title: The Silence of Lorna]. Focusing on the immigration racket to show how cold and calculating people use loopholes within the system to … Continue reading

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