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Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
September 17, 2012
In "Hop," Justin(Kalomba Mboyi) desperately wants to watch the upcoming soccer match but his father Dieudonne(Ansou Diedhiou) is afraid that stealing cable could bring unwanted attention to their undocumented status. However, upon seeing his son's straight A's, he relents. And then almost immediately regrets it when the downstairs neighbors are so upset at their poor television reception that they toss Dieudonne's television out the window which does get the attention of the authorities. He is arrested while Justin gets away, stowing away in the back of Frans'(Jan Decleir) van. At first, Frans wants nothing more to do with him but soon warms to him with Frans' friend Gerda's(Antje de Boeck) intervention at the police station possibly staving off Dieudonne's deportation for a day.

Proving that any movie that gets both pygmy and anarchist into the same sentence cannot be all bad, "Hop" initially cultivates the eyes with its crisp black and white cinematography with a couple of well-timed splashes of color. To its credit, the movie smartly explores such serious issues as immigration and identity in Belgium where there is a more than healthy mistrust of the authorities and that is divided by language which is supposed to be united by soccer. However, while the idea of The Hop makes sense in theory, the movie is seemingly unwilling to seriously explore its consequences, falling on the sentimental and cliched side of the equation in the process.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
September 17, 2012
In "Hop," Justin(Kalomba Mboyi) desperately wants to watch the upcoming soccer match but his father Dieudonne(Ansou Diedhiou) is afraid that stealing cable could bring unwanted attention to their undocumented status. However, upon seeing his son's straight A's, he relents. And then almost immediately regrets it when the downstairs neighbors are so upset at their poor television reception that they toss Dieudonne's television out the window which does get the attention of the authorities. He is arrested while Justin gets away, stowing away in the back of Frans'(Jan Decleir) van. At first, Frans wants nothing more to do with him but soon warms to him with Frans' friend Gerda's(Antje de Boeck) intervention at the police station possibly staving off Dieudonne's deportation for a day.

Proving that any movie that gets both pygmy and anarchist into the same sentence cannot be all bad, "Hop" initially cultivates the eyes with its crisp black and white cinematography with a couple of well-timed splashes of color. To its credit, the movie smartly explores such serious issues as immigration and identity in Belgium where there is a more than healthy mistrust of the authorities and that is divided by language which is supposed to be united by soccer. However, while the idea of The Hop makes sense in theory, the movie is seemingly unwilling to seriously explore its consequences, falling on the sentimental and cliched side of the equation in the process.
April 7, 2009
My daughter and I both enjoyed this wonderful movie, a must see for all.
March 24, 2009
Also saw this some time ago- brilliant storytelling, suspensful but believable... highly recommended.
September 10, 2008
Sweet foreign film. Use of color, allusions, symbolic connotations of the HOP. It's great.
½ April 21, 2008
Truly a great & original film !!! You won't be borred for a second...
October 6, 2007
An interesting film, spanning French and Dutch by means of Belgium, and following transplanted African father and son when they are separated and (through creative and dangerous means) reunited. Great b/w cinematography, and some good performances.
½ September 6, 2007
A very lovely movie about relationships - it seems to happen organically. great premise, one of my favorites - I was charmed by all the characters.
August 20, 2007
Little movie about the complex reality of being a immigrant stranded in a world of bounty and ignorance...
August 14, 2007
This Amazing film drew us in to a world that todays Audience could never imagine being lured into. Using the Secret of the HOP Pigmies could tame elephants, and that is how they become a man. Watch this boy harness the Secret of the HOP, and become a true Pigmy hero, holding onto their traditions, and morals. Doing something a western audience does not expect to see a moral hero doing.
July 29, 2007
i love this movie!! i recommend it to everyone! it has such a good storyline, and great characters!
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