De helaasheid der dingen

On the second to last time we watched a film with Bryan. It’s called “De helaasheid der dingen” which translates “The Mistortunates”. IMDb synopsis of the film: “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?” The film won the prize of the best film of the festival both at Film Festival Oostende (near Bruges in Belgium) and also at Istanbul International Film Festival.

In the end I liked the film more than I would’ve thought in the beginning. It is one of those survival films that we have in Finland too. Those kind of depressing film where everyone drinks a lot of alcholol, do idiotic things because they’re wasted and have a lot of meaningless sex that someone who is not supposed to see it sees it and thus the camera captures the ickiness of the whole thing too. Yeah, I don’t like that kind of films but with De helaasheid der dingen, there just was something underneath it, that it actually turned out to bee quite good. And what was the best part was that I was able to recognise the words and even understood some sentences even though they spoke with very thick dialects.

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