Did you ever watched Flodder?
Think back about endless booze-ups, a bunch of “social misfits” and a deep family bound.
Now imagine a broken man, catched up by his past, thinking about all the happenings in former time.
Welcome to The Misfortunates.
Writer Gunther Strobbe made his ladyfriend pregnant and looks back at this youth. He lived together with his father, grandmother and uncles in a house in the fictitious town of Reetveerdegem. Much of his youth was about drinking, cigarettes, women, and truancy. Heavier themes include addiction, criminality, and death.
You can watch how the carefree life of the spawn of an family, which is considered a thorn in the side of society, changes to the hard reality of life.
The first part of the movie is all about laughter, fools, alcohol and fun, but you’ll notice how time can change things quickly. It scared me how realistic everything became within seconds. The Misfortunates is like the dark version of Flodders and absolutely worth it to watch. If you’re resistent to drama, you should definitly check it out.
The film won the Prix Art et Essai at the Cannes Film Festival’s Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. It also won three Golden Starfish Awards at the 17th Hamptons International Film Festival. The film was the official Belgian entry for the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010 in the category Best Foreign Language Film.
Some little peaks in the movie are shown exaggerated which disturb the film a bit, but the story itselfs makes up for it.
All in one I’ll rate The Misfortunates with 4/5 Stars.