De Helaasheid der Dingen (The Misfortunates)
De Helaasheid der Dingen (The Misfortunates) (2010)

A boy growing up with a family of Flemish slobs learns more than his elders imagined they were capable of teaching in this purposefully rude comedy drama. Gunther Strobbe (Kenneth Vanbaeden) is 13 years old and living with his father,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 9, 2010
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeannette Catsoulis

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.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

There's whimsy and raunchy humor here, but also an underlying sense of darkness and despair.

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Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

A debauched clan of Belgian mullet-heads backdrop a heatfelt comedy

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

A bawdy, heartfelt glimpse into a proudly dysfunctional Belgium family.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

An appalling childhood may risk making you an unhappy person when you grow up, but it almost guarantees a great yarn.

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Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

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.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

The Misfortunates is a bleak comedy that's not as funny or grim as it needs to be.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Comedy doesn't get any more tragic than this.

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Cole Smithey

It's perfectly plausible that you might never want to visit Belgium after seeing Felix van Groeningen's offensive '80s tale of familial dysfunction.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Jesse Ortega
This is a damn good film. I think it sort of goes from being a very low-brow comedy into an interesting examination of a very dysfunctional family and how that… More
Mike T.
The Misfortunates works well as a coming-of-age story, because the people involved feel connected to the material. In other words, director Felix Van Groeningen… More