Moscow is a working class neighborhood on the outskirts of Ghent, Belgium. One day, Matty—a 41 year old mother of three—gets into a mild fender bender with a 29 year old man named Johnny in a parking lot. The two share harsh words, but something about Matty’s spirit resonates with Johnny…
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A meet cute Belgian style film between a sad sack of a woman, recently left for a younger woman by her husband, who takes up with a 29 year old truck driver with a history of alcoholism and spousal abuse. Did I mention it's a comedy? Despite game performances the script is lost in a misogynist take on a woman being defined by a man, no matter how bad he is. In this case she should have followed her daughter's lead.
The implicit sexism - a woman isn't complete without a man, no matter how bad either of two she has to chose from - bothered me. The casual dismissal of wife beating (i.e., putting someone in hospital for 2 weeks is apparently not such a bit deal) was particularly disturbing. Ultimately the main character came across as whiny and weak - which ultimately I found more sad than enlightening.
Is it a good film or a bad story? Just like the heroine, can't make up my mind. Keeping aside moral niceties it is about tough love, gritty choices, and then laughing at life. I would say, it's worth a watch.
A romantic film far, very far away of being naive. I had great laughs while entering the life of a charming european woman in her 40's. Men are not well seen by this lady which is one of the character's features to gives us the best laughs. Mocking men is not the only thing she does good, she can also discard flourish views of life in a blink of the eye. Good to hear from the flanders.