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De Helaasheid der Dingen (The Misfortunates) Reviews

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January 24, 2016
Inconsistent- All uncannily obnoxious for almost 3/4 of the whole film until that enlightenment thing suddenly popped out of nowhere.
It is, nevertheless, better than watching a coming-of-age story being delivered by the exact same approach/tone one after another, again & again.
May 30, 2014
Film is ok. Book is genius.
April 3, 2014
g dag ik wil de hele film zien !! mvg
March 26, 2014
One of the few movies that gripped me from the very first minute.The beauty of this movie is that you fall in love with it no matter how indifferent the characters ,the story or the circumstances appear to be.
½ October 31, 2013
this is a bleak comedy that's not as funny or grim as it needs to be.
Super Reviewer
½ December 19, 2012
This is a damn good film. I think it sort of goes from being a very low-brow comedy into an interesting examination of a very dysfunctional family and how that shapes Gunther's own life as an adult. The thing about the movie is that under all the "ugliness" the Strobbes display through their behavior, the film is certainly very heartfelt and honest about how it portrays its characters. Sure they may be ugly, unlikable, drunkards, gamblers...but they feel like a real family and that's what the film gets across greatly. They do feel like a very close and tight-knit family and you get to see their ups and downs, mostly downs really, and how they relate to each other. So it's a very well-written film, it's also well-acted but there's something about the film, it's not really a flaw, but somehow the film is content with just being very good, it never feels great. There's some inspired stuff here but it's never great and I'm not sure what the reason is for that. But at least it's still a damn good film about a fascinating family.
November 18, 2012
The "misfortunate" lives of a drinker's family
September 18, 2012
Excellent, à la fois social, triste, tendre et drôle
August 7, 2012
Like that episode of The Simpsons when Bart, Lisa, and Maggie were forced into temporary foster care with the Flanders, The Misfortunates explores the meaning of family. The Strobbes may be a family of violent and lazy drunkards but they are very loyal to each other. The four brothers - often incompetently but always sincerely - try to raise the next generation to mixed results. Their drinking habits, fighting, and unemployment have a clear deleterious effect on thirteen-year-old Gunther but he canâ(TM)t decide whether to support his family or get away from them.

Forced to write lines at school because he has gotten into trouble, Guntherâ(TM)s writing improves and becomes a way for him to express himself. Eventually, after he is expelled from one school and a social worker visits his home, he decides to enter boarding school. The writing evolves in step with technology: a younger Gunther writes on notepaper at first and advances to a typewriter and later a computer when he is in his twenties trying to publish his first novel. The older Gunther narrates the film and although he made some typical Strobbe mistakes, he is his own man and consequently happy and successful.

Transit is a motif throughout the film. As Gunther thinks about moving his life forward, he is on a train or there is one passing by that can be seen through a window. The constant motion of the train mirrors what is happening in Guntherâ(TM)s life. He is luckily able to move on from a youth vomiting by the train tracks during a beer drinking contest won by one of his uncles to a studious young adult looking forward to return to school after a weekend.

The Strobbe brothers often participated in naked bicycle races but Gunther becomes focused and wins a cross-country race -- although his father who entered him in the race could not attend because he had been drinking and playing billiards the night before.

The Misfortunates is absurdly comical at times although I hope that the creators of South Park never see this film. There are some shocking moments that I do not want to revisit. There is a serious message to the entire film (perhaps clichà (C)d but I did not feel that this was a problem) which is delivered by showcasing a series of crude and bizarre incidents. Sadly, people really live this was and although it may be laughable at times it is incredibly tragic. The Strobbes may be an extreme example but there are many people fighting misfortunate, especially youth, who need help.
August 1, 2012
terrific view on a hopeless life
July 23, 2012
Beyond the extreme vulgarity of this movie there is a glimpse of dark poetry filled with hope that always seek to elevate above the misery of existence. The film is also a snapshot of the sensible character of the flemish culture filled with guilty pleasures and raw overdosed empathy. The performance of Kenneth Vanbaeden is outstanding here because not only he temperates the overacting of Koen De Graeve wich would otherwise have ruined the movie but also because the serenity that shines through his eyes tend to alleviate the heavy subject of the movie.
½ July 6, 2012
Life can be fun, pain, surprise, patience, absurdity, hope or just plain mundane. This movie shows them all.
December 28, 2011
Incontestablement, "La merditude des choses " est à ranger dans le cinéma social. Mais pas celui, réaliste et austère, des frères Dardenne. Ni celui, militant et typiquement britannique de Ken Loach. En fait, on pourrait à bon droit estimer que "La merditude des choses" est sociale avant tout parce qu'elle dépeint le quotidien des Strobbe, une impayable tribu de cas sociaux ! Mais l'idée directrice du film n'est pourtant pas de susciter l'indignation à leur endroit, en dépit leur médiocrité, leur alcoolisme et leur obstination imbécile à vouloir faire du dernier rejeton de la famille un pur Strobbe, ni de dénoncer le quelconque contexte qui créerait de tel ratés congénitaux. Tour à tour répugnant et hilarant, dramatique et poétique, "La merditude des choses" parvient à générer une incompréhensible forme de sympathie pour ce clan de néandertaliens des polders qui, derrière leur crasse et leur violence, offrent une étonnante forme de cohésion et d'acceptation sereine de leur condition. Entre la belgitude dégénérée d'un épisode de Strip-Tease et les exubérances verbales d'un "C'est arrivé près de chez vous", le tableau de cette épouvantable famille n'est pourtant pas exempte d'une certaine forme de tendresse dévoyée, qui fait de cette "Merditude des choses" le digne successeur des "Affreux, sales et méchants" d'Ettore Scola.
November 5, 2011
A subtly tragic comedy, its bleakness seeps into you until you suddenly find yourself feeling very crappy indeed, but in a good way, because it's an empathetic sadness, and because this is great art. It's a powerful story that's unlike any comedy I can recall, though this is really too sad a movie to be called a comedy, despite several bellylaughs you'll find yourself emitting, if a little guiltily. Tightly shot scenes of this family of drunken layabout brothers crowded into small rooms add to the sense of suffocation the young man feels and how the forced family pride is instilled in him. You can really sense how a child brought up even in awful circumstances still can feel a sense of happiness and belonging, however misplaced those feelings may be. Brilliant.
July 30, 2011
bu filme komedi diyen sadisti merak ettim
½ April 8, 2011
Certainly not a film for the masses. But the anarchic humor of the film lifts it from the broad mass-produced assembly-line production. The director makes the audience inevitably to voyeurs of a real edge of society, who drown their boredom in alcohol.
February 5, 2011
Sounds interesting, somewhat like my ....childhood?
January 27, 2011
In analysis the undisguised narrating clarifies entity hidden in Strobbery family characters. Thus, the family does not form a counterpart to families seen in American independents. Despite to not hackneyed character structures and authenticity at script, infrequency can not take place because of ordinary twist narrative has .
½ January 17, 2011
a black comedy, not funny but making you inner look to a Belgian family of a granny and 5 drunk sons...still lovely in a way they hold on together...
½ January 6, 2011
A tragi-funny story, a bit like a Belgian version of Billy Elliot... Tragic, sad and depressing in general, but when dissected it turns out to be composed of many little finny pieces. A good record of fashion too.
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