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C'est arrivé près de chez vous (1992)

A Killer Comedy

Original Title : C'est arrivé près de chez vous
Director : Rémy Belvaux
André Bonzel
Benoît Poelvoorde
Writer : Rémy Belvaux
Rémy Belvaux
André Bonzel
Benoît Poelvoorde
Vincent Tavier
Genre : Horror
Comedy/Crime/Drama
Country : Belgium
Language : French
Producer : Rémy Belvaux , André Bonzel , Benoît Poelvoorde
Music : Jean-Marc Chenut
Laurence Dufrene
Photography : André Bonzel
Distributor : Acteurs Auteurs Associés (AAA)
IMDB ID : 0103905
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C'est arrivé près de chez vous (1992) - Rémy Belvaux | André Bonzel | Benoît Poelvoorde
 

Starring

Benoît Poelvoorde Ben
Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert Ben's Mother
Nelly Pappaert Ben's Grandmother
Hector Pappaert Ben's Grandfather
Jenny Drye Jenny
Malou Madou Malou
Willy Vandenbroeck Boby
Rachel Deman Mamie Tromblon
André Laime Bed-ridden Old Man
Edith Lemerdy Nurse
Sylviane Godé Rape Victim (Martine
Zoltan Tobolik Rape Victim's Husband
Valérie Parent Valerie
Alexandra Fandango Kalifa
Olivier Cotica Benichou
Rémy Belvaux Remy (Reporter
André Bonzel Andre (Cameraman
Jean-Marc Chenut Patrick (Sound Man
Alain Oppezzi Franco (Sound Man
Vincent Tavier Vincent (Sound Man
Gina Cotica Mother
Ricardo Cotica Child
Pierre Vanbraekel Father
Marcel Engels Cameraman
Franco Piscopo Sound Recordist
Venelin Poikov First Postman
Alain François Video Reporter
Fernaud Dubois Postman
Antoine Chapelot Wine Waiter
Hughes Tavier Buffet Waiter
Pol Vanderwarren Ben's Lawyer
Anne LaGrange Journalist
Paul Bottemanne Taxi Driver
Vincent Merveille Boxer
Irene Gilissen Lady on Train
Sabine Tavier Madame Pipi
Annamaria Szomolanyiova Violinist
Carlos Campo Miranda Night Watchman
Pascal Lebrun Featured Victim
Stephanie Aubier Featured Victim
Alain Hologne Featured Victim
Micheline Hologne Featured Victim
Philippe Blasband Featured Victim
Aldo Fostier Featured Victim
Jean-Pol Cavillot Featured Victim
Anny Nologne Featured Victim
Elaine Leonard Featured Victim
Marie Travier Featured Victim
Bruno Belvaux Featured Victim
Lucien Belvaux Featured Victim
Jean-Claude Maschetti Featured Victim
Laurence D'Hondt Journalist
Daniel Tursh Journalist
Benoît Mariage Journalist
Emmanuelle Bada Journalist
Stéphane Aubier Journalist
Jean-Paul Geets Malou's Customer
Clotilde Francois Victim in Montage (scenes deleted
Steven Artels Victim in Montage (scenes deleted
Bertrand Tavier Victim in Montage (scenes deleted
Bob Lens Victim in Montage (scenes deleted
Josephs Craeynest Victim in Montage (scenes deleted
Willy Van De Waele Victim in Montage (scenes deleted
Andre Kuys Victim in Montage (scenes deleted
Patrick Goisse Victim in Montage (scenes deleted
David Gouyon Feature Victim (uncredited
 

Plot

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter.
 

Comments

In defense, 28 April 2004 Author: domicrayon from Belgium This movie is a piece of art: shocking and disturbing, while at the same time funny as hell in a raw "should-I-be-laughing-or-should-I-be-ashamed" kind of way. It gives an insight in the very realistically portrayed life of Ben, a serial killer with an impressionable charisma. Most people who commented on this film either love it or hate it. The division seems mostly geographical though: most Americans can't seem to understand the tongue-in- cheekness of this movie. Probably it has to do with the fake-documentary nature of the movie, which is clearly western-european. Anyone who has ever seen American documentaries knows they have a different pace and way of treating images. Those who are used to belgian/french/ dutch/german documentaries will recognise the style of the so-called "intimate" documentaries. The pivotal point is the moment a relationship develops "beyond" the documentary relationship of the filmmakers and their subject (they take Ben's money to finish the movie). When watching this movie, try to imagine that this *could* be a real movie: documentaries about terrorists, drugdealers, and even mercenaries (the closest thing to an actual serial killer) have been made, and some of them were very close to their subject.It is *not* a "black comedy" in the classical sense of the word, more like a "Clockwork Orange" for the nineties. Where "A Clockwork Orange" bathed in the design of the seventies, this movie bathes in the "larger-than-life" invasiveness of modern-day reality-tv-style television. Anyone who has seen shows like "cops" or "Big Brother" will know what I'm talking about. It asks the big documentary question: in how far does the observed change the observer? It makes a statement, not about violence, but about the observer of violence. The way it is portrayed shows the art of the (very low-budget) crew: it grips your guts without fancy effects or gory protrayal of gore: it shows fear, despair and psychological emptyness, by showing emotions! This should be recommended viewing (and debating) to anyone making documentary films.
 
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C'est arrivé près de chez vous (1992) - Rémy Belvaux | André Bonzel | Benoît Poelvoorde
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