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 byJan Bucquoy
Produced byFrancis De Smet, Transatlantic Films Bruxelles
Written byJean-Phlippe Vidon
StarringJan Bucquoy, Noël Godin
Music byFrancis De Smet, Marc Aryan, Gene Vincent, Will Tura, Peter Benoit, Les Dominos.
CinematographyMichel Baudour
Release date
Running time
89 minutes

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 1960s free-love youth or political activist and finally sinking into a mundane life.


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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