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by Sam Juliano

When one ponders the cinema of Belgium, that crossroads once desecrated by the artillery and canons of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte, and the namesake of a popular kind of waffle, one immediately poses the work of the Dardenne brothers, a Cannes festival-celebrated pair who craft naturalistic films about lower middle-class life in their home country.  Filming in French (Belgium has two national languages, French and Dutch) the Dardennes’ films are stark but modest portrayals of young people at the fringes of society–immigrants, the unemployed or the inhabitants of shelters.  Both Rosetta and L’Enfant were awarded the Palme d’Or at Cannes, the only two Belgian films to ever earn such an honor.  Their influence can be documented worldwide, but especially at home, where young filmmakers are eager to emulate their successful style.      (more…)

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