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The Sex Life of the Belgians (1994)

La vie sexuelle des Belges 1950-1978 (original title)
A semi-autobiography of the first 28 years of the director, the Flemish anarchist Jan Bucquoy.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Henri Compère ... Jan Bucquoy
Noe Francq Noe Francq ... Jan Bucquoy as a child
Isabelle Legros Isabelle Legros ... Noella Bucquoy (mother)
Sophie Schneider Sophie Schneider ... Therese
Jacques Druaux Jacques Druaux ... Jerome Bucquoy (father)
Sacha Jacques Sacha Jacques ... Jan Bucquoy as a baby
Boris Bucquoy Boris Bucquoy ... Jan Bucquoy age 2
Pascale Binnert Pascale Binnert ... Ariane Bucquoy
Michel Angely Michel Angely ... Greengrocer
Michele Shor Michele Shor ... Aunt Martha
Stefan Lernous Stefan Lernous ... Eddy
Georgette Stulens Georgette Stulens ... Eddy's mother
Raymond Vandersmissen Raymond Vandersmissen ... Eddy's father
Tegan Pick Tegan Pick ... Girl in rollercoaster
Kathleen Joye Kathleen Joye ... Christine 'Dirty Knickers'


Jan Bocquoy narrates the story of his sexual life to age 28, imagining his conception (parents drunk, the encounter lasting ten seconds) and reporting his first orgasm (at the hands of Eddy, in a beach-side caravan, as they watch Laurel and Hardy), his comparative experiences with girls, and his move from Harelbeck to Brussels. There he meets Greta, bartender at a Bohemian cafe, who teaches him the Kama Sutra, the naked Esther, who reads him stories, and Thérèse, his wife for three years. They split after two children; he moves to a small flat, writes pornography to pay the bills, works sporadically on a novel, espouses anarchism, and meets more women. His self-confidence grows. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

28 January 1994 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

La vie sexuelle des Belges See more »

Filming Locations:

Blankenberge, Belgium See more »

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Transatlantic Films See more »
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It took director Jan Bucquoy three years to raise the funding for the film. As an artist, Bucquoy had set up a Museum of Underpants, most of which he eventually had to sell to raise money for his film. As it was, his cast and crew worked for free until Bucquoy sold his film overseas. See more »


Daisy: You know why I wanted to make love with you?
Jan Bucquoy: I don't know. My charm, my intelligence?
Daisy: No.
Jan Bucquoy: My eyes, my body?
Daisy: No.
Jan Bucquoy: Having savoured the artist, you fell in love with the man?
Daisy: No.
Jan Bucquoy: You realized immediately I was the man of your love?
Daisy: No. You're the first man I've met who doesn't have a TV.
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La Vie sexuelle des Belges 1950-1978
14 July 2003 | by rmuttSee all my reviews

First movie of the belgian conceptual artist and disrespectful director Jan Bucquoy. This film starts the series of the sexual life of the belgians, composed by 4 full-lenght films that introduce subversion in belgian cinema history, also whit an independent production system. You'll not find any explicit sexual sequence, you'll find the representation of a complex ideological system, the history of a non conventional life, the alternative vision of a country that hide aspirations of general revolution of life. Bucquoy build a conceptual cinema that try to destroy the "representation" of the spectacular cinema in order to leave all the place to the ideas. The word "sexual" hides the words "politics","art", "desire", "communication"... it hides all words to reveal the language free by all social deviation. This first movie show 28 years of the life of a man who try to find the best answer to the only really important philosophical question, as the french writer Camus wrote: is it worth living life or not? From his little village in Flandre to Bruxelles, trough sexual relationships, political activism, literature dreams, you will see the existential journey of Jan Bucquoy (the name of the protagonist) who try to grow in the body and in the intellect.

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