Best new Belgian Movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best Belgian movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Felix van Groeningen, Michaël R. Roskam & Lenny Van Wesemael Belgium's biggest directors?

The Dardenne Brothers, Chantal Akerman, Felix van Groeningen… just a few names to remind you of the greatness of this small country’s great cinema. We selected the most interesting Belgian films down here!

“What’s happening in this small, rather petty country?”, one would ask oneself. Browsing through its latest achievements in the art of audiovisual storytelling is one way to fill in some blanks. Easier said than done. When observing the variety in Belgian films offered in Belgian multiplexes – or rather its lack off – and listening to the media or simple word-of-mouth, one cannot help to be dispirited. Highly appreciated films in the recent past like the award-winning The Broken Circle Breakdown, by Felix van Groeningen, and Het Vonnis, by Jan Verheyen, following only well-trodden paths and not daring to explore new ones, don’t produce one single mesmerizing or thought-provoking bit. This being said, it may most likely be the case in every single country. But where to find these exceptions of true cinematic beauty, these truthful and innovative pleasures every country reveals from time to time in large or small quantities? A hard task, regarding Belgium, understandably so. A country that suffers from an overload of social dramas, like Offline, by Peter Monsaert.

New Belgian movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • Patser

    DIRECTOR: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
    CAST: Paloma Aguilera Valdebenito, Ali B., Gene Bervoets

    The third feature film from Belgian directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. If you're in for some high-energy action comedy stuffed with Scorsese/De Palma references, 'Patser' will definitely please you. The story about four Moroccan-Belgian wannabe gangsters and cocaine deal gone-wrong is over the top, but entertaining nevertheless. Read more

    RATING: 75/100

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Best Belgian movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 Belgian movies

  • Le Fidèle

    DIRECTOR: Michaël R. Roskam
    CAST: Matthias Schoenaerts Adèle Exarchopoulos Sam Louwyck

    Get to know the people of Brussels, set against the backdrop of a violent gang in Brussels, Belgium. The movie is French-spoken. Read more

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 4th, 2017

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  • Home

    DIRECTOR: Fien Troch
    CAST: Jeroen Perceval Kevin Janssens Katelijne Verbeke

    Directed by Fien Troch ('Kid', 2012), 'Home' is a poignant coming-of-age drama, situated somewhere between the best work by the Dardennes and Larry Clark's gritty teen dramas. Read more

    RATING: 82/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 11th, 2017

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Best Belgian movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated Belgian movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown

    DIRECTOR: Felix van Groeningen
    CAST: Veerle Baetens Johan Heldenbergh Nell Cattrysse

    The story depicts the clash of love and Faith as a couple who have different orientations of faith; the man being an atheist and the woman a religious realist, they find... Read more

    RATING: 78/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 19th, 2013

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  • Deux Jours, Une Nuit

    DIRECTOR: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
    CAST: Marion Cotillard Fabrizio Rongione Catherine Salée

    A factory worker finds herself in deep predicament when she learns that her co-workers have opted for a 1000 euro bonus against her job, so she tries to convince them to... Read more

    RATING: 74/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 21st, 2014

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  • Marina

    DIRECTOR: Stijn Coninx
    CAST: Luigi Lo Cascio Donatella Finocchiaro Matteo Simoni

    The story is a true depiction of the devotion of a coal miner's son who went against the wishes of his father and rammed the social barriers to pursue his passion of... Read more

    RATING: 73/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 6th, 2013

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  • La Cinquieme Saison

    DIRECTOR: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
    CAST: Aurélia Poirier Django Schrevens Sam Louwyck

    A beautiful, scenic village in Belgium holds a new challenge for mankind as the nature three has withdrawn all its affection for mankind and is turning its back towards... Read more

    RATING: 70/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 6th, 2013

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  • Welp

    DIRECTOR: Jonas Govaerts
    CAST: Maurice Luijten Evelien Bosmans Titus De Voogdt

    An imaginative child leaves for a strolling adventure into the woods, with an assurance of finding a monster from his friends and when he enters deep into the woods he... Read more

    RATING: 59/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 18th, 2015

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