d’Ardennen * Robin Pront (2015)

A Flemish film in which one of two derailed brothers is sentenced to seven years in jail. When he is released after four years, the brother that was not caught had fallen in love with his brother’s girlfriend and has tried to get his life back on track. The inmate has had four years for his disillusionment to grow. He did not exactly become more easily to handle.

Kenneth (the ex-inmate) does seem to want to try to get his life somewhere near what he has in mind, but when things do not go the way he would prefer, his manipulative nature comes bubbling up. His brother Dave does not know when and how to tell about the new situation, while Kenneth initially thinking of winning Silvie back makes even more problems than there already are.

The film is initially a drama with a ‘thrillerish undertone’ because it is clear that things are going to escalate, but unclear how. Things turn for the bad even worse than I expected and the film ends with a couple of very grim scenes. This is all fairly well done.

“d’Adennen” may not be the best Flemish film, but it certainly is not a bad one.

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