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Ex Drummer

Ex Drummer (2011)


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A hapless amateur rock band thinks they've found the key to success only to find their plan has sunk them even deeper into well-deserved obscurity in this confrontational comedy-drama. The Feminists are a going-nowhere punk rock band living in a small Belgian town. The Feminists' gimmick is that all three members are handicapped in some way -- Ivan (Sam Louwyck) is losing his hearing, Koen (Norman Baert) has a speech impediment, and Jan (Gunter Lamoot) permanently injured his arm in an accident.

Apr 20, 2010

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The visual dexterity exhibited by Mr. Mortier, in his feature debut, and his cinematographer, Glynn Speeckaert, may keep you watching if not necessarily involved.

March 3, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The flashy adaptation of the book by aging Belgian provocateur Herman Brusselmans is as systematically offensive and boisterously vulgar as its degenerate punk protagonists. Or at least that's the aim.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A thoroughly offensive and often hilarious punk requiem about rape, murder, violence, kinky sex, drugs, destruction, bad manners and rock 'n' roll -- not necessarily in that order.

August 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Signaling a new low in post-modern smug superiority, Ex Drummer tries to pass off contempt as comedy and slanted lensing as creativity.

July 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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One of the film's greatest strengths is its rendering of punk's style, sound, and seedy milieu, showing in explicit detail how lost souls might redeem themselves in one explosive half-hour in the spotlight.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
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One of those rare films that still manages to haunt you long after you leave the theatre, for people who like that kind of thing.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Hard to watch, and even harder to enjoy unless the music and almost pathological eccentricity takes your fancy.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Women, gays and old people get a pretty rough ride, though given the film's minuscule target audience it shouldn't really bother them.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent

A violent and self-conscious exercise in punk nihilism.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Peters out in mass murder and visual gross-out.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Bizarre, horribly violent and frequently brilliant black comedy from Belgium.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

Visually exhilarating but also purposefully - and pointlessly - outrageous. Not for the faint hearted.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

The film, so desperate in its attempts to shock the viewer through showing the dark side of humanity, is crippled by the fact that the characters are so thinly drawn they have no depth to them.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source:

This grungy anti-musical will offend just about everyone with its attitude towards women, gays, kids, and the elderly.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A punk film in more ways than one, Ex Drummer is sordid, relentlessly nihilistic and extremely violent, but it's also impressively directed and unlike anything else you'll see this year.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

It's hard to watch. It's even harder to stop watching.

September 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Ex Drummer is a mess of a film, a tawdry, bizarre tale that has enough visual style to set it apart, barely, from being a complete waste of several hours of your life.

September 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Because of the continuous barrage of swear words, bloody violence and explicit sex, distribution beyond its home country will be difficult, but industry professionals should all note the director's name, however: M-O-R-T-I-E-R.

July 16, 2007 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Ex Drummer

A writer agrees to become the drummer for a band formed by trio of handicapped lowlifes to win a Belgian battle of the bands; he ends up manipulating them into destruction. The movie is explained through Dries? confession when he agrees to join the band as their celebrity drummer: "I want to step outside my happy world. Descend into the depths of stupidity, ugliness, obtuseness, unfaithfulness? Latch onto the life of losers, but without belonging to that world and in the knowledge that I can always return to my own world." In other words, it's socioeconomic tourism among the disadvantaged, GUMMO with Eurotrash subbed in for poor white trash: the underclasses do the craziest things, like constantly rape each other and neglect their children until the tykes chomp down on excrement from hunger. Who wouldn't want to enter such a world for ninety minutes, aside from most film-goers? The soundtrack is the main draw.
October 20, 2009
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I really dug this movie. I'm not going to go over the whole plot as this information can be found elsewhere, I just wanna say that this movie is utterly unique. Features gratuitious drugs, sex and violence, has great style and a kick ass soundtrack and I can gurantee that you haven't seen anything like it. PUNK AS FUCK.
April 14, 2010
Ed Fucking Harris

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Now here's a film. Like Gasper Noe directing Trainspotting with characters for Funny Games. Stylish and brutal, this is a consistently entertaining film with great music and excellent performances. A film I'll definitely be revisiting many more times.
June 1, 2008

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