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Well made Belgian drama-series
Travis_Bickle0128 March 2005
This is an 13-episodes series made for television with the best Belgian actors of the moment: Koen De Bouw, Antje De Boeck, Jo De Meyere, Nand Buyl,... and of course our Belgian pride Jan Decleir. It has a good story, great acting and some very actual themes (without getting into details and revealing the story). Jan Decleir is very good although his part was rather small. Koen De Bouw showed us some great acting but I liked Jo De Meyere's performance the most! What a talent, really outstanding! This 3 male actors I just mentioned are also in THE Belgian movie of 2004: "De Zaak Alzheimer". It is something completely different, but it does prove the fact that we have some brilliant acting and directing talent in our small country.

If you haven't seen "Stille Waters" yet, you should definitely see it the next time when it is on TV because it is some of the better mini-series we had in Belgium the past 10-years. It was released in the same period as "Veel geluk, professor" but it is much better (although they aren't really comparable because "Veel geluk, professor" has more a romantic-comedy story).

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Who pays the ferrywoman ?
myriamlenys14 September 2017
Warning: Spoilers
Jana, whose father died young and whose mother is insane, was raised lovingly by a foster father. The said foster father works as a ferryman on the river Scheldt. Now an adult, Jana is busy with her own affairs. When her foster father tries to tell her that his life is blighted by a corrosive secret, she doesn't pay proper attention. Soon after she discovers that the poor man has drowned in the river. Is it an accident, a murder or a suicide ? As Jana inherits his ferryman business, she gets caught up in a web of lies and crimes.

This is the premise of "Still waters" ( deep), a Flemish suspense series with a prestigious cast.

I can't say I'm too fond of the series, although the acting tends to be good. A basic problem is that the screenplay, lacking focus, moves all over the place : it clearly was born under a wandering, wandering star. Another is that the subject matter is horrible - we're talking crimes against children here - and that the series contains numerous references to the infamous Dutroux affair and its societal aftermath. I'm not sure that the series has earned to right to do so, there is something facile and exploitative here.

Still, the series is correct in pointing out that the Belgian justice system, even after Dutroux, is subject to a number of flaws, such as slowness and complexity. As a result victims (or their relatives) need to hire a very good lawyer indeed : otherwise they are sure to get lost in a labyrinth of stunning size and intricacy. And of course, even with excellent legal advice the truth can remain elusive... Moreover, victims often feel as though suspects or perpetrators are treated with more interest or care than they themselves.

The lovingly filmed locations are splendid, showcasing the natural beauty of the Scheldt and its landscape.

On a more comical note, the costumes include some of the ugliest hats and caps ever worn...
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