Belgica (2016)

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Belgica is the story of two brothers: charismatic and temperamental Frank - a husband, father, and incurable womaniser - and his ambitious-but-green younger brother Jo, who owns a bar called Belgica. They become business partners and they quickly transform Belgica into the place for great music, beautiful people, and debauched fun - until they learn that running a business on this scale is more complicated than they realised, and their relationship and personal lives suffer. Belgica is an immersive experience of the excess and euphoria of being in the hottest nightclub in town. Set to the eclectic sounds of acclaimed Belgian band Soulwax, the film shows the brothers' intoxicating ascent to success - and the crash and burn that follows. Belgica is about living in the moment and realising that moving forward is not only inevitable but necessary.

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

Watching others get stupid and crazy can have amusement value, but "Belgica," which is set mostly inside a bar of that name, is neither comic nor tragic. It's not a party of a movie, just a hangover.

Jan 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Instead of a morality tale about excess and its certain fatal consequences, things look a lot more like real life.

Jan 22, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Thanks to a group of dedicated free spirits who rally around building the brothers' utopia, Belgica rises quickly and the energy is infectious.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Taking a straightforward approach isn't necessarily a negative, but the sedate camerawork and editing make the movie's progression staid.

Feb 19, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Groeningen completely sells us the world of the bar, his immersive tracking and handheld camera leading us into the melee where coke and hedonism are served straight up and the music pounds to be let into your bloodstream.

Feb 4, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Belgica rarely reaches the point where the central relationship can maintain the same degree of interest.

Jan 29, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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