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The Misfortunates (2009)

De helaasheid der dingen (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 9 April 2010 (USA)
13-year-old Gunther Strobbe grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he's being prepared for the same hapless life. Can he defy his destiny?

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Christophe Dirickx (screenplay), Dimitri Verhulst (novel) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Vanbaeden Kenneth Vanbaeden ... Kleine Gunther
Valentijn Dhaenens Valentijn Dhaenens ... Gunther
Koen De Graeve ... Celle
Wouter Hendrickx ... Petrol
Johan Heldenbergh ... Breejen
Bert Haelvoet ... Koen
Gilda De Bal Gilda De Bal ... Meetje
Natali Broods ... Rosie
Pauline Grossen Pauline Grossen ... Sylvie
Sofie Palmers Sofie Palmers ... Vriendin Gunther
Guy Dermul Guy Dermul ... Directeur school
Jos Geens Jos Geens ... André
Robbie Cleiren Robbie Cleiren ... Deurwaarder
Sara De Bosschere Sara De Bosschere ... Nele Fockedey
Wout Kelchtermans Wout Kelchtermans ... Kleine Franky
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Storyline

In Reetveerdegem (English would be Arsefeatherham), a fictitious derelict hamlet near run-down industrial city Aalst (Alost), five debt-burdened drop-out Strobbe brothers move back in with their pensioned mother 'Meetje', still wasting their lives in dead-end jobs, alcohol, gambling and meaningless sex. Celle also took in, as if their baby brother, his son Gunther. Nobody expects the knave (13) to grow up and become a respectable citizen either, despite his better IQ and attitude, as his uncles' and father's mischief and reputation seem to sabotage every single opportunity. Discovering love may motivate him after all, or accidental paternity could drag him down to father's level. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Belgium | Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | Flemish

Release Date:

9 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shittiness of Things See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The official Belgian submission for the 2010 Academy Awards. See more »

Goofs

When Gunther is at the age of 13, there are trains in gray style passing in different scenes. But the new gray version was first introduced in the late 90's. See more »

Connections

Referenced in L'incertitude des choses (2013) See more »

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Harsh Picture
9 June 2013 | by sergepesicSee all my reviews

When you think of Belgium, many things might pop to your mind, but certainly not this harsh comedy-drama about the dysfunction that tops all disfunctions. The Strobbes, working (although almost nobody is working),class family consists of 4 loutish sons, stoic mother and the 13-year old son of one of the brothers, with more potential than all of them together. And there is almost nothing else but excessive drinking, and all the things that come with it. Cruelty, violence, hangover and such a waste of both lives and space. This is harsh picture of a family, that doesn't know how else to connect but through getting smashed. The scene that stands out is incredibly hard to watch. When the boys father comes from rehab for a weekend, healthier and stronger, his brothers slowly draw him back to the pit he tried to escape. Strange and disturbing movie, but I have a feeling one that you don't forget soon.


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