Moscow, Belgium (Aanrijding in Moscou) (2008)

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Belgian director Christophe Van Rompæy helms the frenetic romantic comedy Aanrijding in Moscou. This farce opens with a seemingly calamitous turn of events when 29-year-old professional truck driver Johnny (Jurgen Delnaet) accidentally slams his rig into a car in the middle of a supermarket parking lot. Lo and behold, the car happens to belong to 41-year-old homemaker Matty (Barbara Sarafian), prompting a nasty fight between the two. In the middle of the argument, however, Johnny becomes unshakably convinced that Matty is his dream girl and determines to win her for himself -- despite the fact that she is married.

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Critic Reviews for Moscow, Belgium (Aanrijding in Moscou)

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (21)

There aren't many surprises%u2014the characters end up more or less where we expect them to%u2014but it's useless and not at all fun to deny the simple pleasures of this film.

Aug 8, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

May 29, 2009 | Full Review…

The movie just can't decide whether it likes romance or disdains it, whether it wants to be dark or bright.

Apr 23, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A romantic drama, interwoven with bright ribbons of humor.

Apr 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 19, 2009 | Rating: 3/4

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.

Mar 6, 2009 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Moscow, Belgium (Aanrijding in Moscou)

½

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.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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½

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

Not often I got to see a good Belgium movie, but this one was new fresh and funny. Matty, a frustrated mother of three who has been abandoned by her husband for a younger girl and who not only wondered what her life was all about but mostly what the future holds in for her now that she had reached 41. Her encounter with a trucker Johnny during a traffic accident made a turning point in her life. Johnny felt attracted to Matty who was 12 years older then him. As the story unfold we learned that Johnny had a past and drinking problems and that what made the story more interesting. Barbara Sarafian's portrayal of Matty was excellent.She was a real woman,she cared about her age, her looks, her responsibilities, her future and her feelings.Jurgen Delnaet who played Johnny succeeded brilliantly in portraying the trucker in search of a strong woman who will guide him on his way.The dialog was natural and so was acting of the whole cast.

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

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[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][/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]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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