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Linkeroever (Left Bank) Reviews

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LWOODS04
Super Reviewer
½ October 10, 2010
Cast: Eline Kuppens, Matthias Schoenaerts, Sien Eggers, Tom De Wispelaere, Marilou Mermans, Frank Vercruyssen, Robbie Cleiren

Director: Pieter Van Hees

Summary: Ailing athlete Marie (Eline Kuppens) feels as if she's found the perfect place to recuperate when she moves in with a new boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts) and takes up residence in the idyllic Left Bank. But a shocking discovery in the basement sends her spiraling into doubt and insanity. Suddenly, she can't be sure whether her lover can be trusted -- and she's seeing things that can't otherwise be explained.

My Thoughts: "The film seems to have quite the blend of things happening. There are also quite a few of WTF moments. There are things that happen to a few characters that are never really explained. I don't consider this a horror film. The film is to slow for a horror flick. But I still enjoyed most of it. The acting was good in this by all. Maybe more emotion here or there could have made you feel a closeness to the main character. But she did a well enough job. This movie entangled mystery, cult activity, romance, and a touch of reincarnation all wrapped up in one film. Not a bad flick, but not a great one either."
Super Reviewer
April 16, 2010
Atmospheric, slow burn horror film that didn?t really work for me.  It takes a long time to get going, and once there, seemed unrewarding.  There?s definitely talent behind the camera and I?d be curious to see what the director does in the future.
John2223
Super Reviewer
November 2, 2009
A quiet Belgian horror film with elements of horror but relies more on character development. The film focuses more of the psychological stress of undergoing changes, like how an athlete feels when they can no longer compete.
Fan of horror genre will figure out what is going on because it has many similarities with other horror movies like "Rosemary Baby's" BUT it has a very a different ending. An ending that left me with a feeling of WTF?!.
It has many good elements but not enough to recommended nor to rewatch it.
February 16, 2014
A claustrophobic thriller that could have easily been a horror movie. It may be a bit too slow for the fans of horror genre as it takes its time to set up the story and develop the characters. Not everything in the story works and there seem to be a few dead ends in the plot, but overall it was a refreshingly chilling movie without turning into a creep-show.
½ December 16, 2012
The story develops slowly but achieves a subtle creepiness that grows over time. The settings and cinematography are very good in a quite understated way. The characters are believable and the acting very good. Only near the end does the story move beyond creepiness and become truly horrific and it does so in a series of sudden shifts that are not entirely unpredictable but that are quite effective anyway. The storyline does not develop in anything like the way I expected from the description and the ending, while foreshadowed, came as a complete surprise.
February 26, 2012
Starts off a bit slow but interesting... and then hits the wall. Hard. It seems like the director was trying to bring together too many elements and just couldn't keep it together. The climax seems gratuitous; it doesn't really follow from the story and plays like the viewer has been intentionally not given the story. It's like you've watched a film for an hour and a half, only to find the ending of an entirely different movie has been tacked on. Too bad; I wanted to like this one, and it turned into a muddy mess. I was Left Blah.
½ November 18, 2011
Left Bank is a brilliant, stylish, and ultimately disturbing piece of horror cinema that methodically builds towards its terrifying climax. Not for the impatient, Left Bank is a slow burn horror film that focuses on character development and drama before plunging into the horrifying abyss. Beautifully filmed, alternately erotic and tragic, and finally traumatic, Left Bank once again attests to brilliance of contemporary European horror.
March 17, 2010
Not the most exciting movie you will ever see but overall pretty good. The characters were pretty interesting and it left you thinking at the end.
November 8, 2009
The little Belgium film that could, Linkeroever (or Left Bank) is the story of athlete Marie (this incredibly beautiful actress named Eline Kuppens) does competitive track running until she comes down with a sickness at the same time she starts to come out of her shell of social isolation when she meets cute guy Matthias Schoenaerts. Quickly becoming an item, Marie moves in with Matthias in his apartment in Left Bank, a strange and decrepit part of town that's as weird and mysterious as the people who live there. As the couple spend their time together, Marie starts to find out certain secrets about Left Bank, like the disappearance of a woman who used to live in the same apartment, strange guilds holding cult-like meetings, and a black mudpit that seems to terrify Marie in her dreams. Director Pieter Van Hees creates a beautifully brooding and unique film that really needs to be seen, not just by avid horror fans or lovers of foreign film, but by any movie fan. The actors play some great parts (especially Kuppens who does some pretty substantial nudity and risque sex scenes that challenge her good girl demeanor she gives off). I would certainly love to see more of Kuppens and Schoenaerts in the future. The story is wonderfully unique and original. While it does rely on slow yet steady build it, it went places I wasn't expecting and ultimately delivers a hell of a strange and interesting ending. Overall, Left Bank is a winner.
½ March 28, 2016
Belgium Movie wich was better then i expected ...liked Schoenaerts & Eline playing in this . Good Story ...bit of a weird ending maybe . SOMDVD
June 8, 2015
Definitely creepy, Left Bank held my interest. Nice acting by the Marie character, Ms. Kuppins. Maybe the end left something to be desired but I enjoyed the ride!
½ March 7, 2011
Great movie not so scaring... but still have tons of tension and an orginal plot, smart horror for smart people.
February 16, 2014
A claustrophobic thriller that could have easily been a horror movie. It may be a bit too slow for the fans of horror genre as it takes its time to set up the story and develop the characters. Not everything in the story works and there seem to be a few dead ends in the plot, but overall it was a refreshingly chilling movie without turning into a creep-show.
½ December 16, 2012
The story develops slowly but achieves a subtle creepiness that grows over time. The settings and cinematography are very good in a quite understated way. The characters are believable and the acting very good. Only near the end does the story move beyond creepiness and become truly horrific and it does so in a series of sudden shifts that are not entirely unpredictable but that are quite effective anyway. The storyline does not develop in anything like the way I expected from the description and the ending, while foreshadowed, came as a complete surprise.
½ October 15, 2012
This movie had everything going for it: an ominous atmosphere, surreal and nightmarish imagery, an intriguing plot. Then it had to go and squander its potential with a flop of an ending. The ending is weak and frustratingly nullifies the horror the whole movie worked to establish, but still... an enjoyable horror film that builds tension well, even if raising more questions than it answers.
½ September 4, 2012
Overwrought horror flick that takes way too long to work its way towards its ultimate end. Kuppens is pretty good though and just about holds the piece from falling completely apart but this kind of thing would be done much better a year or two later with 'Kill List'.
February 26, 2012
Starts off a bit slow but interesting... and then hits the wall. Hard. It seems like the director was trying to bring together too many elements and just couldn't keep it together. The climax seems gratuitous; it doesn't really follow from the story and plays like the viewer has been intentionally not given the story. It's like you've watched a film for an hour and a half, only to find the ending of an entirely different movie has been tacked on. Too bad; I wanted to like this one, and it turned into a muddy mess. I was Left Blah.
½ November 18, 2011
Left Bank is a brilliant, stylish, and ultimately disturbing piece of horror cinema that methodically builds towards its terrifying climax. Not for the impatient, Left Bank is a slow burn horror film that focuses on character development and drama before plunging into the horrifying abyss. Beautifully filmed, alternately erotic and tragic, and finally traumatic, Left Bank once again attests to brilliance of contemporary European horror.
June 14, 2011
They should make 'onion' a genre of film. Not quite a horror and too slow to be a thriller, this film paces itself as it reveals its true form.
½ February 12, 2011
Belgica y sus peliculas de horror, bueno, esta mas bien es un thriller que se desarrolla por medio de pistas que el personaje va encontrando que lo llevan al climax de la movie... es algo lenta, pero eso solo apoya la atmosfera densa y lugubre que el director quiere envolver al espectador para que entre al mundo de "La orilla Izquierda"...
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