On a Sunday a professional gang enters the private Bank of Jonkhere through a tunnel. 66 specific lockers are cracked. The rest is left alone. Only personal things, secrets, cash money and jewels are...
Clan draws you into the lives of the Goethals sisters, tied together by the premature death of their parents, they've clung to each other like a real clan. But ever since their fifth ... See full summary »
Kristine Van Pellicom,
Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010. In Bruges, more than 200 riders and their entourage are ready for the 94th Tour of Flanders. A sea of fans waits for them along the trail, while millions of others follow 'Flanders finest' on radio or TV.
Jaak Van Assche
When her marriage fails Sylvia is forced to move with her children into a brothel on the Chaussée d'Amour. Out of financial necessity she decides to exploit the bar. Meanwhile a detective tries to solve an old murder case.
A tragicomedy about the everyday life of a butchers family Vangenechten. The business is running fine until the son returns home after a long time. He wants to learn more about the butchers... See full summary »
Koen De Graeve,
Mieke De Groote,
After his wife cheats on him with his superior, police commissioner Witse leaves Brussels for Halle to start a new life. His idiosyncratic character and ways of solving cases often clashes with his new colleagues.
Two brothers, Alan and Dennis, are both football fanatics and have been playing football for their entire lives. But when one of them gets the chance to go pro, the other brother gets ... See full summary »
It's a good premise for a television drama serial: that Belgium is in the grip of a secret society, a hybrid of the fascists and the Freemasons, crossing all walks of life. It's an especially powerful idea in Belgium because that country has relatively week political parties and perpetual coalition; which makes the idea that real power lies elsewhere especially effective. Then you have a standard thriller set up, with the honest cop, various people in the government trading off their own interests and instincts in different ways, the society's members (and they have their own internal power struggles), and finally a mysterious gang of bank robbers with a hidden agenda of their own. Taken as a whole, it's preposterous, as all such dramas are, but it's also fast-paced, well-acted and cleverly plotted. Three quibbles: why would a group of senior public figures keep evidence incriminating themselves in a bank, instead of just destroying it? Isn't money the true power in our society anyway? And while the Salamander organisation seems to be reasonably good at getting people killed, we don't see any evidence of it actually achieving anything else; for a supposed group of all-powerful people, they seem to spend the entire story on the defensive. But it's still gripping stuff, and thankfully avoids the "psychopathic genius" nonsense that spoils a lot of similar work.
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