Watch: De helaasheid der dingen 2009 123movies, Full Movie Online – In Reetveerdegem (English would be Arsefeatherham), a fictitious derelict hamlet near run-down industrial city Aalst (Alost), five debt-burdened drop-out Strobbe brothers move back in with their pensioned mother ‘Meetje’, still wasting their lives in dead-end jobs, alcohol, gambling and meaningless sex. Celle also took in, as if their baby brother, his son Gunther. Nobody expects the knave (13) to grow up and become a respectable citizen either, despite his better IQ and attitude, as his uncles’ and father’s mischief and reputation seem to sabotage every single opportunity. Discovering love may motivate him after all, or accidental paternity could drag him down to father’s level..
Plot: 13-year-old Gunther Strobbe grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he’s being prepared for the same hapless life. Can he defy his destiny?
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Coming-of-age tale with debauchery, pathos, and humor
I attended the North American Premiere of “The Misfortunates” at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Director Felix van Groeningen introduced the film with a few caveats about the drunkenness and debauchery to come. He was correct. The film is filled with humor and pathos, presenting some painfully brutal characterizations of life in Belgium for a 13-year-old boy living in a house of alcoholics. Equal parts comedy and tragedy, “The Misfortunates” can be painful to watch at times but the payoff is worth it. Shot cinema verité style, the artful use of color and texture combined with copious amounts of bawdy humor make this film an audience favorite.
When urine, excrement, sperm and vomit are not enough as narrative devices…
… you can always count on tears, blood, placenta and spilt beer.
Having said this, this film uses all of them to good effect. This brutal confrontation with the Flanders of Pieter Brueghel and Jacques Brel, is not without its pathetic and touching moments. It reminded me a lot of Quebec’s “C.R.A.Z.Y” in its enthusiasms for its subject but with, of course, much more squalor.
The actors are all convincing and attractive in their own way and the direction is transparent and unobtrusive. The viewer should be warned that the opus is generously peppered with scenes of fornication, sometimes public, pissing, sometimes public, defecation, sometimes public, vomiting, sometimes public, public male nudity and transvestism, not to mention lots and lots of binge drinking.
I liked the anecdote in the “making of” documentary telling how one of the father’s fake moustaches was fashioned from the male actors’ and crew’s pubic hair. It seemed fitting somehow.
Original Language nl
Runtime 1 hr 48 min (108 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Felix van Groeningen
Writer Christophe Dirickx, Dimitri Verhulst, Felix van Groeningen
Actors Kenneth Vanbaeden, Valentijn Dhaenens, Koen De Graeve
Country Belgium, Netherlands
Awards 8 wins & 8 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Red One Camera
Film Length N/A
Negative Format HD
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm