Dark detective movie and sharp romantic comedy
- Two Belgian films with very different sensibilities: a dark detective movie to the north with De Behandeling, and a (slightly sharp) romantic comedy with Les Ames de Papier
The last week of January promises to be very busy for Belgian theatres. No less than 11 new films will compete for the attention of Belgian spectators, including a few American blockbusters (I, Frankenstein and The Ryan Initiative, a re-reading of the Jack Ryan franchise by British director Kenneth Branagh), a dual between Charlotte Gainsbourg and herself (Nymphomaniac, Part 2 [+see also:
interview: Louise Vesth
film profile] by Lars Von Trier, and Jacky in Women's Kingdom [+see also:
film profile] by Riad Sattouf), and two romantic French comedies (Honey Trap [+see also:
film profile] and Le Jeu de la Vérité [+see also:
film profile]). That is to say that the competition will be fierce for Les Ames de Papier [+see also:
interview: Vincent Lannoo
film profile] by Vincent Lannoo, distributed by Artebis on 4 screens (the film should make it to more theatres in the upcoming weeks). Les Ames de Papier follows Paul (played by comedian Stéphane Guillon), a eulogy editor, who, while he thought he was done with love, finds it again by chance after the rather peculiar order of a charming widow (Julie Gayet). It is worth noting that Vincent Lannoo’s previous movie, In the Name of the Son [+see also:
film profile], released last March, will compete this Saturday for the Magritte of Belgian Cinema for which it received 7 nominations.
On the Flemish side, it is worth noting the massive release of De Behandeling [+see also:
film profile] launched by Kinepolis Film Distribution on 36 screens. Behind the camera, we find Hans Herbot, the highly efficient director of Verlengd Weekend and Windkracht 10 and the success machine Eyeworks (Marina [+see also:
interview: Cristiano Bortone
film profile]). If we add to this recipe a pinch of successful detective story (this is the adaptation of The Treatment by British author Mo Hayder), and a great cast (the hero is played by Geert Van Rampelberg, Ensor for Best Actor in Tot Altijd [+see also:
film profile]), De Behandeling should likely attract large crowds. We’ll have the beginning of an answer this weekend...
(Translated from French)
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