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The Ardennes (2015)

D'Ardennen (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 6 January 2017 (USA)
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A brutal home-jacking by two brothers goes hopelessly wrong, and one of them goes to prison. Four years later, his brother tries to help him get his life back on track.

Director:

Robin Pront

Writers:

Jeroen Perceval (scenario), Robin Pront (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Janssens ... Kenneth
Jeroen Perceval ... Dave
Veerle Baetens ... Sylvie
Jan Bijvoet ... Stef
Viviane de Muynck Viviane de Muynck ... Mariette
Sam Louwyck ... Joyce
Peter Van den Begin ... Robert
Eric Godon ... Gérard
Rachid El Ghazaoui Rachid El Ghazaoui ... Chalid (as Rachid 'Appa' El Ghazaoui)
Nico Sturm ... Danny
Luc Nuyens Luc Nuyens ... Moderator hulpgroep
Brit Van Hoof Brit Van Hoof ... Cindy
Uwamungu Cornelis Uwamungu Cornelis ... Chris (as Cornelis Mungu)
Caroline Stas ... Politieagenten
Jacqueline Pluche Jacqueline Pluche ... Politieagenten
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Storyline

A brutal home-jacking goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off, leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth however possible, but is witnessing how the highly strung Kenneth tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Belgium

Language:

Flemish | French | Dutch

Release Date:

6 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Ardennes See more »

Filming Locations:

Ardennes, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$840, 8 January 2017

Gross USA:

$5,638

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,369,037
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Matthias Schoenaerts was cast for the role of Kenneth but dropped out. Kevin Janssens replaced him. See more »

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In the Deep End
Written by H. Willemyns & B. Fevery
Performed by H. Willemyns & B. Fevery
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24 October 2015 | by SandcoolerSee all my reviews

Belgian cinema has gotten more and more ambitious in this past decade, and that newfound self esteem certainly paved the way for something like "D'Ardennen". This is the kind of movie that takes guts to make, particularly when you're working on a shoestring budget. It starts of very slowly, but you really need the meandering (okay...boring) first act to appreciate what follows. Director Robin Pront gradually makes his characters more insane as the movie progresses, and plays with your expectations beautifully. The two brothers this movie revolves around seem like small time crooks, dumb guys who are down on their luck but good at heart. When you're proved wrong, it hits you like a sledgehammer. In the end, you're treated to one of the most messed- up plot twists I've seen in years. Nobody left that theatre smiling, nobody was even talking. If you can achieve that, you've written a pretty amazing and gripping ending. "D'Ardennen" is occasionally marketed as a cross between the Dardenne brothers and Tarantino, which is incredibly inaccurate: actually it's not like anything else I've ever seen, and just for that it deserves a lot of credit.


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