DVD Available through NeoClassics Films Home Entertainment January 26th, 2010

Belgium 2008 | Run Time: 102 min. | Language: Dutch

Director: Christophe van Rompaey


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Ordinary Matty has nothing but three kids to her name. She works at the post office, her husband has run off to the bedroom of one his students. At forty-three life is pretty hopeless. Then she gets in a fender-bender at the grocery story with twenty-nine year old Johnny. After some harsh words, Johnny finds himself enamored with Matty, who finds that she likes being wanted, and decides to take a chance on Johnny. A romance ensues just as the wandering husband comes home. Now Matty finds she is the center of attention. Matty must choose to settle back into the life she was leading or to break into something new and step into the unknown. This heart-felt movie is covered in subtle humor making the story like a well made meal. Films' Website


LA Times - Film Review by Kenneth Turan (Video)


Moscow, Belgium’s theatrical run played in over fifty locations nationwide including theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Detroit, Austin, Baltimore, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, Portland, Minneapolis, Philadelphia Boston and San Francisco.











Articles and Reviews

Austin Chronicle: REVIEW (Josh Rosenblatt)

April 10, 2009


Gwinnett Daily Post: REVIEW (Michael Clark)

March 10, 2009


Atlanta Journal-Constitution

March 2009


Examiner.com ( Seattle)

April 3, 2009


The News Tribune ( Tacoma): Ran Kenneth Turan Wire

April 3, 2009


The Herald (Seattle): REVIEW (Robert Horton)

April 3, 2009


Seattle Times: REVIEW (Ted Fry)

April 3, 2009


Seattle Weekly: Rapold Wire

April 2, 2009


Seattle Times (preview listing)

April 2, 2009


Weekly Volcano (Wire Capsule of Roger Ebert)

March 2009


LA Times (critics listing)

March 29, 2009


Daemon’s Movies

March 2009


Black Tie St. Louis

March 2009


We are Movie Geeks: REVIEW (TRAVIS)

March 20, 2009


The Bulletin: REVIEW (Lindsay Warner)



March 19, 2009


St. Louis Post-Dispatch: REVIEW (Joe Lewis)

March 19, 2009


Metromix Indianapolis (Listing)

March 2009


Palm Beach Post (Listing)

March 2009


Florida Sun-Sentinel (Used Michael Phillips Review)

March 20, 2009


Northwest Florida Daily News (listing)

March 2009


The Florida Times-Union (Listing)

March 2009


Philadelphia Inquirer (Preview, Critics Highly Recommended)

March 15, 2009


Beaver County Times (Preview)

March 2009


Philadelphia City Paper: REVIEW (Gary Kramer)

March 17, 2009


The Popcorn Reel: REVIEW (Omar Moore)

March 7, 2009



March 2009


The Desert Sun: REVIEW (Deborah Dearth)

March 6, 2009


Los Angeles Times (Critics’ Pic) & Print

March 5, 2009


The Detroit News

March 5, 2009


Metro Santa Cruz: REVIEW ( Richard VonBusack)

March 5, 2009


Detroit Free Press

March 5, 2009


San Diego Metropolitan

March 2009


San Diego Reader

March 2009


San Diego Citybeat

March 3, 2009


North County Times: REVIEW (DAN BENNETT)

March 2009


San Jose Mercury News

March 2009


Culture Vulture: REVIEW (Les Wright)

March 2009


Venice Magazine

February 2009


San Francisco Bay Guardian (Cheryl Eddy will review for next issue)

February 27, 2009


San Francisco Chronicle: REVIEW (Justin Berton)

February 27, 2009


SF Weekly: REVIEW (Nicholas Rapold)

February 25, 2009


The Oregonian: REVIEW (Stan Hall)

February 26, 2009


MatchFlick: REVIEW

February 21, 2009



February 20, 2009


The Christian Science Monitor: REVIEW (Peter Rainer)

February 20, 2009



February 19, 2009


Rocky Mountain News ( ran a synopsis using a quote from VA Musetto’s NY POST review)

February 20, 2009


The Denver Post: REVIEW (Lisa Kennedy)

February 20, 2009


Campus Circle: REVIEW (Jessica Koslow)

February 20, 2009


Los Angeles Times: REVIEW (Kenneth Turan)

February 20, 2009


Tucson Weekly: REVIEW (James Digiovanna)

February 19, 2009


Arizona Star: REVIEW (Stephen Holden NYT)

February 19, 2009


Film Jerk

February 15, 2009


Harbor Theater Blog

February 15, 2009


Williamette Week: REVIEW (AP Kryza)

February 14, 2009


Las Cruces Bulletin: REVIEW (Jeff Berg)

February 13, 2009


The Desert Sun

January 12, 2009


Chicago Reader: REVIEW (J.R. Jones)

January 8, 2009


Chicago Tribune: REVIEW (Michael Phillips)

January 8, 2009


Time Out Chicago: REVIEW (Hank Sartin)

January 8, 2009


Roger Ebert Chicago Sun Times

January 7, 2009


New City Film: REVIEW (Ray Pride)

January 6, 2009


Film Monthly: REVIEW (Elaine Hegwood Bowen)

January 5, 2009


Koch on Film: REVIEW (Ed Koch)

December 30, 2008


Film Journal: REVIEW (Doris Toumarkine)

December 22, 2008


Movie City News: Wilmington on Movies

December 19, 2008


Green Cine Daily

December 19, 2008


The Film Files: REVIEW (Dianne Brooks)

December 19, 2008



December 19, 2008


NY Movie Guru: REVIEW (Avi Offer)

December 19, 2008


Tiny Mix Tapes: REVIEW (Paul Bower)

December 19, 2008


NY Post: REVIEW ( V.A. Musetto)

December 19, 2008


New York Times: REVIEW (Stephen Holden)

December 19, 2008



December 16, 2008

Village Voice: REVIEW (Nicholas Rapold)

December 16, 2008



December 15, 2008


LAist: REVIEW (Farley Eliott)

November 16, 2008


The Hollywood Reporter (article about soundtrack award)

October 19, 2008


The Examiner: REVIEW (Marcos Bernal-Sayas)

October 16, 2008


The Hollywood Reporter: REVIEW (Bernard Besserglik)

May 17, 2008


Variety: REVIEW (Jordan Mintzer)

May 16, 2008





Cast & Crew

Director: Christophe Van Rompaey winner of 12 various film festival awards including such festival as Brussels International Film Festival and WorldFest Houston. The most recent win being Semaine de la critique in Cannes with “Moscow, Belgium”.

Writers: Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem,Pat van Beirs

Cast: Barbara Sarafian(8 ½ Women, CQ) , Jurgen Delnaet(Witse: De regel van drie TV SERIES), Johan Heldenbergh(Witse: Het Onbekenende lijk TV SERIES), and Anemone Valcke a burgeoning new star.

Producers: Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem also the writer of Moscow, Belgium has a number of films that he has both written and producer, namely A Perfect Match.

Music: Tuur Florizoone

Director of Photography: Ruben Impens


Awards and Quotes

" Passionate and Impulsive....
....the movies steady attention to details lends it a texture rarely found in films..."

NY Times

One of the most realistic onscreen love stories."

Time Out New York

"A pleasing alternative to the season's Oscar-baiting movies"

V.A. Musetto, New York Post


"A knockout performance from....Barbara Sarafian"



"Packed with plenty of drama, laughs and sentimental charm"

Jordan Mintzer, Variety



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