3 user 11 critic

Waste Land (2014)

When his wife gets pregnant unexpectedly, homicide detective Leo Woeste starts losing himself more and more while he tries to solve one last very bizarre case before his child is born.


Pieter Van Hees


Pieter Van Hees (original screenplay)
5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

Waste Land (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Vik Muniz
Left Bank (2008)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When Marie moves into her boyfriend's apartment, she uncovers a disturbing mystery.

Director: Pieter Van Hees
Stars: Eline Kuppens, Matthias Schoenaerts, Sien Eggers
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Holiday bus driver Mario has spent his entire life shuttling old age pensioners to the sunny south with his own travel company 'Paradise Trips'. Today, on the verge of his own retirement, ... See full summary »

Director: Raf Reyntjens
Stars: Gene Bervoets, Noortje Herlaar, Pascal Maetens
Dirty Mind (2009)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Shy loser Diego wakes up after an accident and has been transformed into Tony T. a smooth-talking no-holds-barred stuntman. Suffering from a case of Frontal Syndrome he's the perfect ... See full summary »

Director: Pieter Van Hees
Stars: Wim Helsen, Robbie Cleiren, Kristine Van Pellicom
Home XVI (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The struggle between two generations and its thin line between trust, friendship and betrayal.

Director: Fien Troch
Stars: Sebastian Van Dun, Mistral Guidotti, Loïc Bellemans
De Dag (2018)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The nerve-racking events of a cold winter's day, seen from two different perspectives. The odd episodes tell the story of a team of police negotiators and special forces who respond to a ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeroen Perceval, Liesa Van der Aa, Sophie Decleir
Wasteland (2013)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

Wasteland is set in a world ravaged by a deadly virus and within that world is Scott Miller, a man who, against the odds, is trying to carve out some sort of life. The deadly infection that... See full summary »

Director: Tom Wadlow
Stars: Shameer Seepersand, Jessica Messenger, Mark Drake
Angel (2018)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Un Ange follows the encounter of a prostitute, Fae, and a world-famous athlete, Thierry.

Director: Koen Mortier
Stars: Vincent Rottiers, Fatou N'Diaye, Paul Bartel
The Ardennes (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A brutal home-jacking by two brothers goes hopelessly wrong, and one of them goes to prison. Four years later, his brother tries to help him get his life back on track.

Director: Robin Pront
Stars: Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval, Veerle Baetens
Sprakeloos (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After a stroke, the flamboyant mother of a famous writer loses her speech. Confronted with her decay he starts tearing down his own life.

Director: Hilde Van Mieghem
Stars: Flor Decleir, Marie Vinck, Hans Kesting
Wasteland I (2011)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  

When a group of religious zealots destroy everything that he loves and leaves him for dead; A man embarks on a journey of revenge that will take him through all the post-apocalyptic dangers... See full summary »

Director: Kantz
Stars: Garret Sato, Derrel Maury, Janelle Velasquez
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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.

Director: Peter Monsaert
Stars: Sara Vertongen, Wim Willaert, Esra Vandenbussche


Credited cast:
Jérémie Renier ... Leo Woeste
Natali Broods ... Kathleen Woeste
Babetida Sadjo ... Aysha Tshimanga
Peter Van den Begin ... Johnny Rimbaud
Peter Van den Eede Peter Van den Eede ... Jean Perdieus (as Peter van den Eede)
Mourade Zeguendi Mourade Zeguendi ... Fouad
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luna Aquilina Luna Aquilina ... Child
Titouan Aquilina Titouan Aquilina ... Child
François Beukelaers François Beukelaers ... Jozef Woeste
Madyson Chretien Madyson Chretien ... Child
Berthe Tanwo Njole Berthe Tanwo Njole ... Evi-Nissa
Maxime Rennaux Maxime Rennaux ... Child
Pitcho Womba Konga Pitcho Womba Konga ... The professor


Brussels. Homicide detective Leo Woeste lives together with his girlfriend Kathleen and her five year old son Jack. Day after day Leo is confronted with the grim underbelly of the city. He tries to protect himself by balancing his job with his family life. When Kathleen gets pregnant unexpectedly, Leo starts loosing control. He accepts one last case, the murder of a young Congolese he can't seem to solve. There's his new hedonistic colleague Johnny Rimbaud and the affair with Aysha, the attractive victim's sister. Everything seems to pull him away from Kathleen and from his role as a father, deeper and deeper into the waste land. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Thriller



Official Sites:

Epidemic [Belgium]




Flemish | French | Dutch

Release Date:

25 March 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Az utolsó ügy See more »


Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Last chapter of Pieter Van Hees's trilogy 'Anatomy of Love and Pain', that began with Left Bank (2008) and was followed by Dirty Mind (2009). See more »


Follows Left Bank (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fantastic Fest 2014: Waste Land
6 October 2014 | by lucasnochezSee all my reviews

When a piece of art is a collection of many different inspirations, the outcome depends greatly on the quality of the source material and the overall interpretive nature of the artist. Pieter Van Hees' film Waste Land can easily be recognized as an anthology of inspiring works; from David Fincher's filmography (most notably Fight Club), Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, the shorts of T.S. Elliot, Cliff Martinez and his innovative scores in Refn's Only God Forgives and Drive, and of course, Refn himself. With this plethora of source material, you would think that Waste Land would be an astounding masterpiece. Instead, the film simply does a poor job of rehashing excellence. With a brisk runtime of under one-hundred minutes, the film plays out like an elongated saga of confusion, repetition and grim subject matter that makes the content darker than it really should be.

At the heart of the film, lies Leo Woeste (Jérémie Renier), a homicide detective who gets engulfed in an unsolved murder case that leads him to a mystery underworld of ancient African artifacts and deities. Set in Brussels, Leo is the heart and soul of the film, even if he grapples with a lose sense of reality, often confusing it for the fragments of fantasy and imagination in his head. Renier, who depicted Bruno in the Palme D'Or winner L'Infant in 2005, does the best that he can playing a detective whose world crashes to pieces once his girlfriend Kathleen (Natali Broods) shares the news that she is expecting their first child together. Once the news settles with Leo and he digests the reality of his dream of becoming a father, despite Kathleen's son from a previous relationship, Leo promises to quit his grim career as homicide detective for a much more positive line of work within the police department.

Leo's skills as a father are questioned early in the film. From the beginning scene of taking Katrien's five year-old son to a barren part of town, to shoot a gun no less, to his constant abandonment of his family, Van Hees does a poor job of providing a compelling case for Leo as a "good" father. There aren't any doubts that Van Hees' film is one that deals with the scary nature of fatherhood, the large pressure of being an adequate patriarch and the unnerving reputation a man must make to be a substantial role model. To much dismay, Van Hees' screenplay does a wonderful, unintentional job of shadowing his main commentary with a heavily racial commentary of the Belgian class system.

Plunging into a criminal underworld populated by the large Congolese numbers inhabiting much of Belgium, Leo is forced to fight against his fears of becoming a dad with the unsettling criminal underworld of the death of a young Congolese-Belgian boy. Such with any great noir, it isn't until Leo meets the victim's older sister Aysha (Babetida Sadjo), that our unconventional femme fatale tempts Leo's limitations as a family man and loyal husband.

While Waste Land strives at great lengths to be a neo-noir psychological thriller with dark cinematography courtesy of über talented Menno Mans as well as the ominous score, the film becomes more of a drowsy descent into forgettable thriller territory.

The camera spends too much time stylistically out of focus, but in the hands of another director, this stylistic effect could work. Muddled and purged into a dark and decrepit world of dirty cops who indulge in way too many drugs, alcohol and women, the hard-edged perspective of the Belgian police force Van Hees is trying so hard to exposed is forgotten.

Waste Land affirms that evil consumes eventually and fears may very well come alive for the people who seem strongest. Leo is a fine example of someone who spirals way out of control into the abyss of his own fears and the darkness he exposes himself to.

The film treads the fine line of what Van Hees is truly interested in, which is creeping slowly and wandering into the mythos of the Congolese-Belgian subculture. Much like the Indian subculture that is obviously apparent in England today, Van Hees' Waste Land shows a very one-sided and often times very stereotypical dark shade of the underworld and underground trade of African idols. Violent and bloody, Waste Land's enigmatic yet animalistic take on a once moral and sternly ethical man is explored with dissatisfying results.

Throughout Waste Land, the steady and slow descent into the self-induced fear of humanity and mankind is one that is depressing and dark, despite stylistic redemption and massive potential by the cast and crew. Van Hees' Waste Land tries its hardest to be an ode to so many films and inspirations before it, yet, the film is nothing more of a dumping ground for ideas and images done better before, despite the best efforts of everyone involved.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed