The Misfortunates (Dutch: De helaasheid der dingen) is a 2009 Belgian comedy-drama film from director Felix Van Groeningen, adapted from the book De helaasheid der dingen by Belgian writer Dimitri Verhulst. The film stars Koen De Graeve, Johan Heldenbergh, Wouter Hendrickx, Bert Haelvoet, Valentijn Dhaenens, Kenneth Vanbaeden and Gilda De Bal.
Laat ik beginnen met: 'Het boek is 3 klassen beter'. Te veel momenten uit gelaten in mijn optiek. Hiernaast is 'Gunter' in mijn ogen niet cynisch genoeg en te sympathiek in verhouding met 'Dimitri' uit het boek. Hoewel deze film altijd wordt geroemd, vond ik hem jammer genoeg zwaar tegen vallen.
Hoezeer de gepotte sanseveria tussen alle pinten en shagsigaretten in de film leidend is als thema zal nochtans uit latere vertoningen mogen blijken.
A well-shot family saga that whilst creating some amusing characters, didn;t pack the emotional punch I was expecting after seeing The Broken Circle Breakdown. Certainly there is some overlap with that film in style, in particular the tinting of certain scenes and the non-linear narrative and yet I feel he pulled it off much more successfully in the more recent film.
Once again there is a link to Americana and when it arises here it is really funny and positioned the film to have this freeing sense of family. However, the film drags quite a bit and despite its occasional oddities doesn't really do enough to stand out as a unique take on childhood recollections.
Seen at 29. Festroia - International Film Festival Setúbal, Portugal.
The Misfortunates was a heartwarming funny film about a disfunctional family.
With a great role of actors, Felix Van Groeningen made me purely laugh and feel somehow sad. To be honest, wasn't expecting a film this good.
Het boek was beter
Starts out as a comedy about men behaving badly, then gradually grows more serious, as the kid who has to share a house with these men realizes it's maybe not such a great lifestyle after all. Leans a little too heavily on the pathos for my taste -- I actually didn't feel that bad for the kid -- and it runs a bit long, but by the end the point is made fairly cogently, with an almost Dardenne-like grace (and Jeremie Renier would have fit comfortably into the role of the adult Gunther, had it been set in a French-speaking part of Belgium). Quite a different, and better, movie than I was expecting.
A tragic story about a boy growing up in a bad environment switching between his life then and his life as a grown up. Amongst the agony are some lighthearted moments. It was convincingly done, it seems Dutch actors can learn some lessons from their Belgian neighbors. It was a good watch.
Marginaal, marginaler, marginAalst.
Gunther, a failing writer, looks back to past, when he was 13 and living at his grandmother's house with his father and his 3 brothers in Reetveerdem.
The 4 brothers all have lost in life and returned to their mothers house, for a life of heavy drinking, fighting and loitering. Gunther narrates us through several events, an attempt to break the world record for drinking, a naked bike race and other activities larded with beer.
In an attempt to explain his current state of mind, Gunther tries to look into the past when he needs to deal with his pregnant girlfriend.
An oddball of a movie, there is no way to identify with Gunther and his family. But when you…