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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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Sylviane Godé in “C’est arrive pres de chez vous” aka “Man Bites Dog” [1993 Belgium]

Benoît Poelvoorde, Rémy Belvaux, and André Bonzel shot this seminal shocker with a shoestring budget, acting, writing and directing – they also used friends and family members to make up the cast. What emerged is a fantastic piece of cinema, even … Continue reading

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