The Ardennes

The Ardennes

DVD - 2017 | Dutch; Flemish
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Brothers Dave and Kenneth are reunited on Kenneth's release after four years in prison following a failed home invasion. While Kenneth is anxious to dive head first into the drug-centered existence that ensnared him in the first place, Dave and Kenneth's erstwhile girlfriend, Sylvie, have adopted clean lifestyles.
Publisher: New York, NY : Film Movement, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign ARDENNES
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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jimg2000
May 10, 2017

Apr 08, 2017

Mr. De Swaef, not only have you refused to cooperate with the investigation, you have also consistently
hindered it. Despite previous convictions and the chance to get professional help with your persistent drug problem, you continue to relapse. I take note of your difficult childhood but that cannot excuse the excessive violence and brutality of the acts committed.
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You know, my mom... she always said that in life you can be whatever you want if you want it hard enough.
What bullshxt. It's bullshxt and she knows it. She's always sat behind the till at the supermarket... well, stood. I always wanted to be Madonna. Still do. You don't always get to choose. What weather it will be,
what men you fall for... getting hit by a car and ending up in a wheelchair. You don't choose those things. You can lie in bed all day, crying. Or you try to make a go of it, one day at a time. That's what I did,'cos that's a choice I do have. You all do.

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jimg2000
May 10, 2017

Apr 08, 2017

- You have to help me, bro'.
Are you serious?
- It's not my fault he fell.
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You know what I want. I just want to be dull. Come home at 5 p.m., put the potatoes on, watch TV. Ask my man about his day at work. Go swimming with my kid once a week. A dull fxcking life. If not with you, I'll find someone else.
-I want to be dull too. Well, not dull, but...
Really? Getting into a fight and losing your job isn't what I'd call dull, it's stupid.
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You know, Dave... Do what you think you must. Give us up, if that's what you want. Or we sort this out together. As brothers.
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I didn't want this, brother. I didn't want this.
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D'you know what the male (crane) does when the female dies? No? He flies as high as he can, and at the highest point, he lets himself fall. Down to the ground. Know what the female does when the male dies, Dave? No? I'll give you three guesses, Dave. Within five minutes, she's f...

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May 10, 2017

Apr 08, 2017

The Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Film at the 2017 Academy Awards but not nominated. Per IMDb, the film is spoken entirely in the dialect of the Flemish city Antwerp; no doubt the English subtitles lost some of the authenticity. A fast paced crime drama that two grown sons from a low-life community make one bad choice after another towards a sorry end, together as brothers or on their own. Very dark and violent scenes from start to finish. The short film in bonus "Injury Time" is more the same: brutal and graphic violence by broken men. (note: An all out violence version of "Brothers Brødre 2005")

6.8/10 IMDb; 52% Rotten Tomatoes; 1/4 Roger Ebert.

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