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Ex Drummer (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 31 January 2007 (Belgium)
Three handicapped losers who form a band ask famous writer Dries to be their drummer. He joins the band and starts manipulating them.

Director:

Koen Mortier

Writers:

Herman Brusselmans (novel), Koen Mortier (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dries Vanhegen Dries Vanhegen ... Dries (as Dries Van Hegen)
Norman Baert Norman Baert ... Koen de Geyter
Gunter Lamoot Gunter Lamoot ... Jan Verbeek
Sam Louwyck ... Ivan Van Dorpe
François Beukelaers François Beukelaers ... Pa Verbeek
Bernadette Damman Bernadette Damman ... Mother Verbeek
Joris Van Der Speeten Joris Van Der Speeten ... Jan Verbeek 10 years
Nancy Denijs Nancy Denijs ... Ivan's Wife
Nomie Visser Nomie Visser ... Ivan's Daughter
Dolores Bouckaert Dolores Bouckaert ... Lio
Wim Willaert ... Jimmy
Barbara Callewaert Barbara Callewaert ... Christine
Jan Hammenecker Jan Hammenecker ... Dikke Lul
Vinnie Bonduwe Vinnie Bonduwe ... Friend Dikke Lul
Chantal Wannyn Chantal Wannyn ... Erna
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Storyline

Every village has its band of fools, trying to get to the top, following their idols in drug habits, but staying losers till the end of their pathetic days. They all do this in the name of rock & roll. Three disabled rock musicians are looking for a drummer. Dries, a well known writer, seems the right guy for the job, were it not for the fact that his only handicap is that he can't play the drums. He joins the group as a perfect, but evil god walking down his mountain to play with the populace. With the arrival of this infiltrator, personal disputes and family feuds start to jeopardize the band's fragile future. Dries will manipulate them till they are willing to drink each others blood and their only future is written down in many Punk lyrics: "No Future". Written by Koen Mortier

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Language:

Dutch | Flemish

Release Date:

31 January 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Ena paraxeno kouarteto See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$231,156
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was intended to be filmed by Jan Bucquoy (The Sex Life of the Belgians (1994)) and an option was made for the novel but because the subsidies of the Flemish government were withdrawn for Camping Cosmos (1996) (made in 1996 not far from the location of Ex Drummer (2007)), he could not make the movie because of financial problems. The movie was made ten years later by Koen Mortier. See more »

Quotes

Lio: Why do you want to play with that f**king band?
Dries: I don't really know. I think I want to step outside my happy world. Descend into the depths of stupidity, ugliness, obtuseness, unfaithfulness and fakeness. Latch onto the life of losers, but without belonging to that world - and in the knowledge that I can always return to my own world... and to you.
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Referenced in Waiting Room (2009) See more »

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People In Pairs
by Steven Heene
Performed by Augusta National Golfclub
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Weirdness taken one step too far
20 May 2008 | by SuperunknovvnSee all my reviews

"Ex Drummer" starts out great. The setting and plot are so wacky it's a delight. The characters alternately amuse and shock you with their actions. The movie has been described as a "Trainspotting" for the new millennium and while the comparison isn't totally fitting, "Ex Drummer" shares the run down cast of freaks with the Ewan McGregor vehicle.

The first half is totally brilliant, original, refreshing and with a great soundtrack as the icing on the cake. In the second half, however, the movie loses some of its wit. It's there that you realize that "Ex Drummer" isn't really going anywhere, although it all started so promising. Characters just hit, abuse and swear at each other for no apparent reason and it all becomes a bit tiring.

The movie's ending is rather anti-climatic. The credits role and you're left puzzled, feeling that this could have made a much bigger impact on you, if the story had gone somewhere else. Maybe that's not the movie's fault but the fault of the novel, which it is based upon.

In the end "Ex Drummer" is a refreshing example of non-American film-making. It will leave you with your mouth open more than just a few times. Unfortunately, the beginning promises more than the rest of the movie can keep. Still, "Ex Drummer" is a must-see. One of the most unusual movies of the past ten years.


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