Top notch drama/thriller is even more impressive considering it’s the director, Robin Pront’s first feature film.
The story of two brothers separated for 4 years as one, Kenny, takes the fall for a botched robbery, while Dave straightens his act and tries to live a crimeless life, now dating Kenny’s ex Sylvie and expecting a baby, is deep with character and very strong performances. And even though this story feels like it’s been done before, “Les Ardennes” comes with plenty of surprises, originality, and strong directorial choices.
Jan Bijvoet (Borgman) gives a standout performance among plenty of strong performers. The tension builds up to a suspenseful and hard-hitting violent ending that masterfully is packed with some great camera work, fitting greenish/grey color scheme, and build up set up through stress and worry for our characters.
Tight, original, and robust crime drama from Belgium.