Moscow Belgium [Blu-ray]
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The film works fairly well in many ways: the willingness to realistically show the joys and travails of daily existence; in how we bring baggage that may not be so acceptable/forgivable to a new relationship. There was a scene where 'Matty' (who's 41 and has 3 kids), was checking her nude body out in front of the mirror (after spending the night with 'Johnny') and, saw why a man of 29 would still find her very attractive. The Europeans are way ahead of us: they don't see shame/guilt in the human body (like the puritanical 'Hollywood movie-business'), and there's the real reason in why they're so much more open/willing to tackle all kinds of subject-matter in an honest and respectable way.
Barbara Sarafian is an excellent actress (I have to see what else she's in), and she made this film all the more interesting. The rest of the cast were all very good too. You won't be disappointed with this wonderfully refreshing comedy-romance. NTSC, Dutch/Flemish (English subtitles), NR 102 mins.
Love and Peace,
"Moscow, Belgium" (106 min.; originally released in 2009) brings the daily struggles of a 41 yr. old woman, Matty, whose husband has moved out due to a fling with a 22 yr. former student. Matty meets Johnny as a result of a car accident in a parking lot, and unexpectedly takes a liking to this much younger man (29 yrs). Things develop from there. Not much really happens, other than to observe the characters in their daily life, and this is not a complaint, mind ya. Matty tries to handle her 3 kids and her husband, while at the same trying to figure out if much younger Johnny, who has himself some skelletons from the past, can really be the one for her. You'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
In all, I was incredibly pleased with this movie, and yes proud (being from Belgium). Who would've thunk it that such a great movie could've been made in Belgium? Special shout-out to Barbara Sarafian as Matty and Anemone Valcke a her 17 yr. old daughter, both of whom bring fantastic performances. This movie picked up a bunch of awards at various fims festivals (including Cannes), and for good reason. By all means, check this out!
Can you tell I loved it? Also a great original score which I hope will be available at some point on amazon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Moscow, Belgium is a serious comedy set in a Flemish-speaking city in Belgium in which Matty is a postal worker. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by Joyce
I never heard of any of these people; the director or the actors. And Belgium? Who wants to see a film set in a tacky suburb of Ghent? So....what a great surprise! Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by Promise
This was yet another story about a man-woman relationship. It was a little different, interesting. The Belgian background was different and to see people are the same and different... Read morePublished on December 4, 2011 by Free advice
So many people gave this loser 4 & 5 *!! Nothing but ordinary & very predictable! So she has 3 kids--who cares? Whose fault is that? Hers for not using birth control!! Read morePublished on October 5, 2010 by World Citizen
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