De Helaasheid der Dingen (The Misfortunates)
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De Helaasheid der Dingen (The Misfortunates)
Thirteen-year-old Gunther Strobbe shares his grandmother's house with his father and three uncles. On a daily basis, Gunther is surrounded by frenzied binges, shameless womanizing and unending bumming around. It looks like Gunther might suffer the same fate unless he can find a way to free himself.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If Ken Loach and Roberto Benigni went into a bar, drank themselves into a stupor and emerged the next morning with a screenplay, it might look a lot like The Misfortunates."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR
"There's whimsy and raunchy humor here, but also an underlying sense of darkness and despair."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A debauched clan of Belgian mullet-heads backdrop a heatfelt comedy"
‑ Corey Hall, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"One thing's for certain though: The director's vision of this story allows for more uncertainty than Gunther's ever would."
‑ Christian Blauvelt, Slant Magazine
"A bawdy, heartfelt glimpse into a proudly dysfunctional Belgium family."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"An appalling childhood may risk making you an unhappy person when you grow up, but it almost guarantees a great yarn."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"The Misfortunates moves from intentionally depressing to, in the end, mildly uplifting -- but that likely comes too late to win over an audience that's been strapped to such a vulgar, offputting ensemble."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"The white-trash Strobbe family is investigated with both ribaldry and poignance."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"The Misfortunates is a bleak comedy that's not as funny or grim as it needs to be."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Comedy doesn't get any more tragic than this."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"It's perfectly plausible that you might never want to visit Belgium after seeing Felix van Groeningen's offensive '80s tale of familial dysfunction."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It's a Miserable Life"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
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