Aug 1, 2013.
The one with the Alhambra beer.
We are sitting in a small coffee bar somewhere in Malaga updating our blog, when I ask the owner if he has any beers to sell. Si, si he says (Spanish people love to repeat short words, like vale,vale or vamos, vamos) and he starts talking about all the different kinds he has. I am a bit disappointed as it turns out he has only four different kinds, but one of the four is the Alhambra Reserva, a beer I discovered in Tarifa thanks to Kris. It is a very nice beer, one that reminds me of the Belgian ones, it’s a bit stronger (6,4) and a lot tastier than the normal Spanish lager. The taste makes me think about my home country and I start talking to Val about the fact that we have some very good actors and movies in Belgium, most of which she never heard of.
Hence my top 10 Belgian movies list, must watch good stuff in random order.
Aanrijding in Moscou (laugh and feel good)
Matty, a 41-year old mother of three with a husband in his midlife-crisis, meets 29-year old Johnny, a truck driver, who takes an interest in her.
Hasta La Vista (laugh and feel good)
Three guys in their twenties love wine and women but they are still virgins. Under the guise of a wine tour they embark on a journey to Spain hoping to have their first sexual experience.
Ben X (cry and suspense)
As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games.
Pauline en Paulette (feel good and cry)
Pauline is a ‘little girl of 66 years old’. She is mentally retarded and been cared after by her sister Martha. When Martha dies, her two younger sisters, Paulette and Cecile have to make a decision on the best place for Pauline to be looked after. Neither of them is ready to take care of her.
C’est Arrivé près de chez Vous (suspense, laugh and cry)
In this dark satire, a film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routines. But complications set in when the film crew loses their abjectness and begin lending a hand.
De helaasheid der dingen (laugh and cry)
13-year-old Gunther Strobbe grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he’s being prepared for the same hapless life. Can he defy his destiny?
De Zaak Alzheimer (suspense)
Vincke and Verstuyft are the best detectives of the Antwerp police department. They are confronted with the murder on a leading executive and put all their effort to catch the murderer.
A young cattle farmer is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader.
Iedereen beroemd (laugh and feel good)
Jean is a family man and factory worker who dreams of becoming a songwriter. Pinning his hopes on his teenage daughter, Marva, he takes her to singing contests in which the awkward and overweight girl struggles to belt out a tune.
Ex-drummer (laugh, cry and suspense)
Three handicapped losers who form a band ask famous writer Dries to be their drummer. He joins the band and starts manipulating them.
Ps: if you have any to add, feel free to comment 🙂