Directed by: Rene Eller
Starring: Aimé Claeys (Thomas), Tijmen Govaerts (Simon), Salomé van Grunsven (Femke), Maxime Jacobs (Ruth), Pauline Casteleyn (Liesl), Laura Drosopoulos (Ena), Friso van der Werf (Jens), Folkert Verdoorn (Karl), Lieselot Siddiki (Loesje), Gaia Sofia Cozijn (Sarah)
Country: Belgium; Effed Up Belgian Films
Language: Dutch, Flemish; Effed Up Dutch Cinema
Genres: Teens, Prostitution, Unsimulated Sex, Porn-related, Violence against Women, Violence Against-Animals
Plot – Spoilers:
Eight teenagers spend a Belgian summer trying to earn quick money while indulging in sexual abandon and increasingly perverse behaviour. All this under the guise of unshackling themselves from what they feel is the construct of reality.
Wij is thematically similar to Rivers Edge, but also quite different. The copious display of flesh, music choices and sunlight, attempt to distract the viewer from the fact that they are basically watching assholes in action.
For some viewers, a startling point may dawn – even if you’re an asshole now or have been one as a teenager, as you grow older, it becomes increasingly difficult to sympathize or even empathize with other assholes. And this film proudly stars a bunch of them.