“Things have changed since you went inside.”
In Robin Pront’s crime thriller “The Ardennes,” a pair of brothers are torn apart by their chosen profession (criminally bent, naturally), their shared obsession with one woman and the good old “one last job” trope that so often derails cinema’s greatest masterminds. Picking up after brother Kenneth’s (Kevin Janssens) four-year stint in the clink for a home invasion gone almost comically wrong, Pront’s film is as much about how things change for one family as they stay stultifyingly the same.
Brothers Dave (Jeroen Perceval) and Kenny have always shared everything, but it’s Kenny who takes the fall when one of their signature criminal endeavors goes awry. When he’s finally released from prison, he’s forced to confront some hard truths, like that his long-time lady Sylvie (Veerle Baetens) has moved on with his own brother or that a plan cooked up on the inside with his wild cellmate Stef (Jan Bijvoet) might not actually work out. Pront’s film, his feature debut, deftly mixes hard-core drama with a biting black humor that elevates it above other entries in the genre.
Belgium recently picked the feature as its official submission for this year’s Academy Awards, and the festival favorite has already gathered lots of critical love and copious comparisons to other crime classics like “Goodfellas” and “In Bruges.”
The film will open on January 6 in New York at the Village East Cinema, followed by the Los Angeles premiere on January 13 at the Laemmle Royal, and a release to select cities.
Check out our exclusive trailer and poster for the film below.