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Girl (2002)

Meisje (original title)
A young woman moves to the big city, hoping to start an independent life working as a museum guide.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Vanden Eynde ... Muriel
Els Dottermans Els Dottermans ... Laura
Frieda Pittoors Frieda Pittoors ... Martha
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Oskar
Nico Sturm ... Luc
Wim Opbrouck ... Alain
Jos Verbist Jos Verbist ... Daan
Dirk van Dijck ... Muriel's Father
Alice Toen Alice Toen ... Laura's Mother
Viviane de Muynck Viviane de Muynck ... Oscar's Mother (as Viviane Demuynck)
Arthur Semay Arthur Semay ... Oscar's Father
Willy Thomas Willy Thomas ... Attendant
Steven van Watermeulen ... Curator
Krijn Hermans Krijn Hermans ... Assistant Curator
Clara van den Broek Clara van den Broek ... Museum Guide (as Clara Van den Broeck)
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Storyline

Muriel moves from a small village to the big city of Brussels, hoping to start an independent life working as a museum guide. She rents a room from Laura, who has a room to spare now that her mother is in hospital. Laura is a vital and candid woman who has a child-wish but leads a very chaotic life. Meanwhile, Muriel's mother has a hard time accepting that her daughter leads a life of her own now, and she also faces some changes at the factory where she works. The movie follows the interconnected lifes of these three women of three different generations, who all face different problems. Written by Bas de Reuver

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Belgium | Netherlands

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Flemish | French

Release Date:

4 September 2002 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

A lány See more »

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K-Line, K-Star, K2 SA See more »
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This is the first of two collaborations between director Dorothée Van Den Berghe and actor Matthias Schoenaerts. The second is My Queen Karo (2009). See more »

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Jamais Neutral
Written by Daan
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Growing up is never easy
7 September 2005 | by Travis_Bickle01See all my reviews

This movie was a pleasant surprise for me. Not only did it have a well written story, the acting was amazing as well, specially Charlotte Vanden Eynde. I think she should have won the Joseph Plateau Award, because her performance was much more superior than Els Dottermans' performance.

Something more about the story now, because this might be the main reason why I liked this movie so much. I saw a similar situation in my family and I thought this movie told a very realistic and touching story. What we see is a young girl with a desperate hunger for independence and a mother who's afraid of losing her daughter. This was the aspect I loved the most about "Meisje". Muriel wanted to stand on her own feet, she wanted to be no longer independent from everyone, she wanted to make a new start. And when you're dreaming of this new start, you think everything will work out easily and your life will be great in no time... but the problem is that it's never as easy as it seems. Starting all over again is tough and you do need people around you who you can trust and who you can count on. Everyone needs someone who takes care of them.

It's exactly this aspect that I was touched by the most. "Meisje" is a sensitive and great Belgian movie which tells a story of growing up, closing chapters and starting new ones. It's a wonderful movie and Charlotte Vanden Eynde is definitely the star of the show.

8,5/10


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