Black * Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah (2015)

This film got quite some attention when it came out. It is about gang-culture in Brussel (Belgium), but the gangs that the films is about, were not happy with it, made that clear and the film made the news.

In a Romeo and Juliette like story, a boy and a girl fall in love. The boy belongs to the gang 1080 (Brussel postal code), the girl to Black Bronx. He is from Moroccan descent, she more Southern African. The gangs are rival gangs, so this is bound to raise trouble. And it does.

Showing superiority over the other gang, the gangs go pretty far intimidating each other. When Mavela’s gang find out about her boyfriend, this intimidation is taken to extremes.

In spite of the young team “Black” is a mature film with good acting, camera-work and music and the atmosphere really works. Like I said, the directors managed to portray this difficult subject so well that some people thought the film to be too realistic (or revealing).

Not my genre, but a good film and that is yet another good film from Belgium.

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

  

  

  

Search website

Last blog entries

Again somewhere

It does not happen to me often that I pick a film that I forgot I saw. “Somewhere” did not make a whole lot of impression, apparently it neither did the first time I saw it. A film without a story. We just see a few days of the life of a famous actor screwing [...]

Wicker weekend

Last weekend I saw both Wicker Man films, the 1973 original and the 2006 remake and I just see that I ‘blogged’ about these films before.

[...]

Nicholas Winding weekend

Last weekend I have rewatched both “Drive” (2011) and “Only God Forgives” (2013). The films are very similar, yet very different. Both have Ryan Gosling as poker-faced main character. In both films Goslings character is involved in illegal activities, but does not really seem to want to. Of course, both films are slow and minimalistic. [...]

No blog

A “blog” with one entry every two years, that is quite cool, is it not?

It has been a couple of years since I added “blogs” to the different sections so I could share information other than reviews. Looking back, I am not entirely sure what kind of information I had in mind. I [...]

Fantasy bombast

During two airplaneflights I have killed some time watching to fantasy spectacles. First the lauded “Avatar”, second the first “Hobbit”. I did not expect “Avatar” to be some sort of “Matrix”, but the famous blue characters inhabit some sort of ‘inbetweenworld’ that men can only come using some sort of machine. The film is an [...]