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In Dutch and French with English subtitles
For audiences aged 16 and above
|From the opening shot of a panic-stricken Dave (Jeroen Perceval) emerging from a swimming pool, his face squished into a pair of tights, to a phone conversation that takes place inside a sunbed, to a knife fight in a carwash, first-time director Robin Pront displays a knack for visually arresting, strikingly cinematic images. This Belgian criminal-family parable is shot in a desolate palette of frostbitten greys and blues, with the backdrop of the kind of steroidal techno that sounds more like a hammer attack than music. This is storytelling as lean and unpredictable as a fighting dog; it's one of the strongest first features I have seen this year.
Wendy Ide / The Guardian
Director: Robin Pront
Robin Pront (born in 1986) is a Flemish director who began his career with short films. The Ardennes is his debut full-length feature and was chosen as Belgium's Oscar nominee for Foreign Language Film.
|Screenplay: Jeroen Perceval & Robin Pront
Cast: Jeroen Perceval, Kevin Janssens, Veerle Baetens, Jan Bijvoet, Viviana De Muynck, Eric Godon
Production: Bart Van Langendonck / Savage Film
Copy: Pascale Ramonda