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2.4
8 Ratings

Flemish Heaven

Le ciel flamand

Directed by Peter Monsaert
Belgium, 2016
Drama

Synopsis

Together with her mother, Sylvie runs a brothel near the Flemish-French border. Eline, Sylvie’s daughter, is intrigued by her mother’s peculiar working place.

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Flemish Heaven Directed by Peter Monsaert

Critics reviews

Monsaert turns in an atmospheric, elegantly stylised piece of emotional realism about family dynamics in and around a brothel. Strong performances, intelligent scripting and discomforting sexual thematics help override elements of over-statement and contrivance, and make this an approachable, just-off-the-mainstream film.
September 22, 2016
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Most searing in its raw, female-focused first half, before a melodramatic mid-film shift brings family-building to the fore, Monsaert’s sophomore feature is nonetheless compelling and compassionate to the last.
September 19, 2016
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However noble Monsaert’s intentions may be, Le Ciel Flamand is a film that implicitly argues against everything it would appear to support… Once The Incident occurs, Le Ciel Flamand not only heads into the sort of panic mode that most films about sex work occupy from the get-go, but most damningly, Monsaert gradually shifts his focus from Sylvie to Uncle Dirk (Wim Willaert), Eline’s father.
September 07, 2016
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