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      The Misfortunates

      2009 1h 48m Drama List
      70% Tomatometer 20 Reviews 76% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A person grows up in a marginal family. Read More Read Less

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      Nicolas Rapold Village Voice The Misfortunates is often very funny, and the rolling remember-when vignettes trump the typical low-country wild-hairy-man sideshows. Nov 27, 2018 Full Review Jeannette Catsoulis NPR 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. Jun 14, 2010 Full Review Wesley Morris Boston Globe The Misfortunates is a bleak comedy that's not as funny or grim as it needs to be. Rated: 2/4 Jun 10, 2010 Full Review Norman Wilner NOW Toronto It's only when the film needs to get serious... that it comes up a little short. Rated: 3/5 Nov 27, 2018 Full Review Corey Hall Metro Times (Detroit, MI) A debauched clan of Belgian mullet-heads backdrop a heatfelt comedy Rated: B Aug 2, 2010 Full Review 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. Rated: 2.5/4 Jun 10, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Ülkemizde "Çölde Kutup Ayısı" diye gösterime giren filmin en güçlü yanı, 1980'lerin Belçika kırsalındaki Gunther'in şanssız, bol alkollü, tutunamayanların ortamında şekillenişi. Dram ile komedi dengesi güzel. Ayrıca büyümeyi reddeden Strobbe ailesine karşı bir büyümenin, oğulken baba olmanın hikayesi. Roy Orbison konseri sahnesi de akılda kalıcı... Ama film bir yerden sonra tekrara düşüyor ve yavanlaşıyor. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Inconsistent- All uncannily obnoxious for almost 3/4 of the whole film until that enlightenment thing suddenly popped out of nowhere. It is, nevertheless, better than watching a coming-of-age story being delivered by the exact same approach/tone one after another, again & again. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Film is ok. Book is genius. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the few movies that gripped me from the very first minute.The beauty of this movie is that you fall in love with it no matter how indifferent the characters ,the story or the circumstances appear to be. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member this is a bleak comedy that's not as funny or grim as it needs to be. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review jesse o 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 shapes Gunther's own life as an adult. The thing about the movie is that under all the "ugliness" the Strobbes display through their behavior, the film is certainly very heartfelt and honest about how it portrays its characters. Sure they may be ugly, unlikable, drunkards, gamblers...but they feel like a real family and that's what the film gets across greatly. They do feel like a very close and tight-knit family and you get to see their ups and downs, mostly downs really, and how they relate to each other. So it's a very well-written film, it's also well-acted but there's something about the film, it's not really a flaw, but somehow the film is content with just being very good, it never feels great. There's some inspired stuff here but it's never great and I'm not sure what the reason is for that. But at least it's still a damn good film about a fascinating family. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A person grows up in a marginal family.
      Director
      Felix van Groeningen
      Producer
      Dirk Impens
      Screenwriter
      Christophe Dirickx, Felix van Groeningen
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Dutch
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 48m