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W. - The Killer of Flanders Fields (2014)

W. - Witse de film (original title)
Witse returns to his hometown to find his niece's murderer. It doesn't take long before Witse gets in trouble with local police authorities. While conducting his investigation, old family issues are starting to surface.

Director:

Frank van Mechelen

Writer:

Ward Hulselmans
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hubert Damen Hubert Damen ... Witse
Hilde Van Haesendonck Hilde Van Haesendonck ... Maggie
Mathijs Scheepers ... Mario (as Mathijs F Scheepers)
Wim Opbrouck ... Commissaris
Katelijne Verbeke Katelijne Verbeke ... Colette
Lucas Van den Eynde ... Dax
Ruth Beeckmans Ruth Beeckmans ... Anita
Isabelle van Hecke Isabelle van Hecke ... Marleen
Robbie Cleiren Robbie Cleiren ... Bergmans (as Robby Cleiren)
Govert Deploige Govert Deploige ... Rechercheur
Matthias Meersman Matthias Meersman ... Rechercheur (as Mathias Meersman)
Carolien Liekens Carolien Liekens ... Rosie (as Caroline Liekens)
Richard Wells Richard Wells ... Colonel Martins
Tom De Beckker Tom De Beckker ... Brit
Jonathan Howett Jonathan Howett ... Brit
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Witse returns to his hometown to find his niece's murderer. It doesn't take long before Witse gets in trouble with local police authorities. While conducting his investigation, old family issues are starting to surface.

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Belgium

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

5 March 2014 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

W. - The Killer of Flanders Fields See more »

Filming Locations:

Veurne, Belgium

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$294,348
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When the police tries to arrest Dax on the bridge, Dax is holding Anita to him threatening to cut her throat. After he gives in, Anita falls to the floor. After the police arrests Dax and leaves the scene, Anita apparently is still lying there, but nobody seems to care. See more »

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Follows Witse (2004) See more »

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You want it darker? Much darker than the TV-series!
29 December 2016 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"Witse" was a crime/detective series that got aired on TV during prime-time on Sunday evenings and was enormously popular in Flanders; - the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. The title refers to the last name of a stubborn and conceited homicide detective in the wider Brussels' area. He never follows police protocol or procedures and continuously runs into conflict with his superiors, but evidently his unorthodox methods always result in successfully resolving the cases. In other words, "Witse" is a typical action series like probably every country in the world has one, but it definitely does rank as one of the better series ever produced in Belgium thanks to the variety & intellect of the episode screenplays and the inimitably embittered performance of lead actor Hubert Damen. The series ended at its peak in 2012, with the supposed retirement of Commissioner Witse, but cast and crew agreed to reunite one last time in 2014 for a long-feature film. To the fans it was announced that the film would be a lot darker than the series, and that it would reveal a couple of insights in Witse's complex persona. I usually don't write reviews for this type of films – only for horror and cult flicks – but this one deserve a user-comment, because it really is grim and disturbing for a movie produced by a government-funded TV-station. Perhaps this was the reason why the movie flopped tremendously at the box office; - too dark for the regular TV-fans?

Two years after his retirement, during which he lived as a loner, Witse reluctantly travels back to his birth region in West-Flanders because his sister begged him to look into the case of her daughter's murder. Witse interferes with the local police and quickly discovers that his niece was already the second victim of a serial killer and that another four girls are missing. The authorities keep the investigation secret for the media, as the region prepares for the memorial services linked to the 100th anniversary of World War I and expects many prominent guests from all over the world. The serial killer picks out voluptuous that are into bondage and sadistic fetishes and selects his victims via internet chat rooms. With the unenthusiastic help of the commissioner in charge, Witse sets up a trap to lure the culprit to a public area. But will he succumb this easily, or has he got another few surprises in store? Director Frank Van Mechelen and scriptwriter Ward Hulselmans really succeeded in making the film compelling and atmospheric from start to finish, and many scenes are also genuinely suspenseful. "Witse" is uncommonly brutal for a Flanders' film and contains a number of shocking moments; including a nasty incident with a child and a WWI explosive. Naturally there are a number of shortcomings that are also typical for Belgian cinema, but overall "Witse" is a surprisingly solid effort and it honestly didn't deserve to flop. The bleak and melancholic anti-climax is also unseen in Belgian cinema history.


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