Aanrijding in Moscou (Moscow, Belgium) (2008)
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Director Christophe Van Rompaey has a script, of course, but much of what comes across so eloquently in this Flemish comedy of ill-manners is wordless.
The movie just can't decide whether it likes romance or disdains it, whether it wants to be dark or bright.
As Matty, Sarafian is a marvel as she changes from a gray moth to a girlish butterfly, and Delnaet is delightful as the slightly dangerous Johnny.
A splendid little offbeat love story, Moscow, Belgium is a near-quintessential foreign art-house film: smart, sweet, intriguing, well-made and emotionally familiar while still unique.
Audience Reviews for Aanrijding in Moscou (Moscow, Belgium)
A disillusioned 40-ish mother of three is battling with a husband who wants to leave their family, indeed, has already left, when she meet a charming truck driver with a very ugly past. A romantic comedy with bad teeth as neither of these characters are of Hollywood-lite stereotypes, but their flaws are what make this a different movie, a realer one.
An interesting take on the old romantic comedy formula, that follows the playbook fairly faithfully. But still, the idea of a younger man and an older woman as played by these actors made it work for this viewer. Both Matty (Barbara Sarafian) and Johnny (Jurgen Delnaet) are volatile characters and when these two collide (literally) sparks definitely fly. Matty's husband has been shacking up with his 22 year-old lover, but isn't willing to cut his ties to Matty. And Johnny is a recovering alcoholic who has been in trouble with the law in the past. Matty seems caught between a rock and a hard place and whenever she seems ready to choose which direction to move, complications arise. This viewer was deeply invested in seeing Matty find the happy life she once swore she would have. A solid supporting cast and a solid story helped but I credit the two main actors on a terrific performance.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Moscow, Belgium," Matty(Barbara Sarafian), a 41-year old postal worker, is going through a rough patch lately. Her husband Werner's(Johan Heldenbergh) midlife crisis is manifesting by him shacking up with Gail, a 22-year old former student, leaving her to take care of her three teenaged kids on her own. Peter(Julian Borsani) is off in a world of his own, dreaming of becoming an airplane pilot. Fien(Sofia Ferri) is training to become a fortune teller. And the eldest, Vera(Anemone Valcke), is nowhere to be seen. So, it is little surprise that the best thing that has happened to Matty in the last five and a half months is to back her car into a truck at the local supermarket, for no other reason then its driver Johnny(Jurgen Delnaet) being a charming, handsome and younger man. Granted, he is on a first name basis with the local police...[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Moscow, Belgium" is a likable, if predictable, romantic drama with an overdone mustard analogy. The central point is that we all deserve a little happiness in our lives. That having been said, events move too quickly in the movie and Johnny is introduced to Matty's family much sooner than is probably responsible. While Matty is in the right compared to her husband, her decision does not necessarily have to come down to two choices. Maybe Vera has the right idea?[/font]
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