La Vie sexuelle des Belges 1950-1978

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The Sexual Life of the Belgians (original title: La Vie sexuelle des Belges 1950-78)
Café Dolle Mol.jpg
The Brussels café Dolle Mol where several of the film's scenes were filmed.
Directed by Jan Bucquoy
Produced by Francis De Smet, Transatlantic Films Bruxelles
Written by Jean-Phlippe Vidon
Starring Jan Bucquoy, Noël Godin
Music by Francis De Smet, Marc Aryan, Gene Vincent, Will Tura, Peter Benoit, Les Dominos.
Cinematography Michel Baudour
Release date(s)
Running time 89 minutes
Country Belgium
Language French

La Vie sexuelle des Belges 1950-78 is a 1994 film satire on Belgian provincialism that proved a major cinematic success in Belgium. It was the first film by now-famed Flemish provocateur and director Jan Bucquoy. It tells an autobiographical tale of a clueless young bumpkin, Jan, trying far from successfully to keep up with times failing equally at being a 60s free-love youth or political activist and finally sinking into a mundane bourgeoise life.

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The film received the André Cavens Award for Best Film by the Belgian Film Critics Association (UCC).

  • "The cinematography is an unusual blend of the surreal and the mundane, infused with a quirky comic style which flitters between self-mockery and farce. Bucquoy's portrait of his own mother provides the film with its most enduring image, the possessive house-proud woman who casually quips when she notices her husband has died, "it isn't time", and repeatedly states when she finds a way to save money: "it's cheaper that way". If the film is an accurate reflection of the truth, Bucquoy must have had one Hell of an upbringing...".[1])

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