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Le bal masqué (1998)

A story about the insecurity and instability in Belgium 1980's created by extreme-right-wing politicians, gangsters and corrupt police officers.

Director:

Julien Vrebos

Writers:

Mark De Wit (novel), Willy Van Poucke | 2 more credits »
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3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Van den Begin ... Peter Daerden
Alexandra Vandernoot ... Eva Siccard
Pascale Bal Pascale Bal ... Kristl Callas
Natacha Amal ... Sophie d'Arfeuille
Filip Peeters ... Van Acker
Olivier Gourmet ... Procureur
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Arrendell
Anasthasia Dewitte Anasthasia Dewitte ... Jong meisje
Nora Tilley Nora Tilley
Peter Van den Eede Peter Van den Eede ... Verstappen (as Peter van den Eede)
Gianni Verschueren Gianni Verschueren ... Leo
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At a petrol station, a middle-aged couple is brutally murdered for no apparent reason. Before tearing off with screeching tires, the assailants steal important documents from the victims' Mercedes. Police detective Daerden, who is conducting an undercover operation at a nearby night club, drives to the scene of the crime and is also hit by the gang. That same night, investigating magistrate Siccard arrives and questions Daerden. They both launch an investigation into, unaware of the web of dubious practices, blackmail between law enforcement agencies and political intrigues they have got themselves into. The script is based on facts, namely the brutal slaying committed in Belgium in the eighties. In 1998, these crimes with 34 killings were still unsolved. Director Julien Vrebos does not so much emphasize the traumatic and murderous actions, but rather reflects the atmosphere of insecurity and instability created by extreme-right-wing politicians, corrupt police and ordinary gangsters ... Written by Hannelore Goossens

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Belgium

Language:

Dutch | French

Release Date:

20 May 1998 (Belgium) See more »

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Ma Jolie Maison See more »
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Color:

Color
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worth seeing
12 February 2002 | by frank vandenblockSee all my reviews

I never quite understood why this movie received such low marks from the majority of users. It's a beautifully filmed piece of art that poses some important questions about one of Belgium's worst nightmares : the apparently senseless murders of dozens of innocent people during the late 80's. Of course I can see why this movie would shock or even confuse people. Le Bal Masqué does not give answers (although the main 'conspiracy' theory of an involvment of the Belgian crown is suggested), it uses close-ups to emphasize that we are blind to the truth. Yes, this is not an easy movie, but if you know a little bit of the background of the story (Bende van Nijvel/Tueurs du Brabant) then you will be blown away.


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