After suffering a running injury, Marie accepts in invitation from her new boyfriend, Bobby, to move in with him at the Left Bank apartment complex and get better. But not everything is as wonderful as at seems at Left Bank.
Let me start this review off by stating the only negative aspect in a film filled with oodles amount of positive qualities. I really didn’t like the final twist at the end. This didn’t ruin the film for me, rather it left me with a feeling of contempt for the screenwriter, who in revealing the story’s revelation took away the audience’s imagination. This is up there with the final shot in Slumdog Millionaire and The Departed, in which the director feels the need to dumb down to his audience after constructing such an intelligent piece of cinema. Like both Slumdog and Departed, Linkeroever is an equally entertaining and spectacular film despite the films’ final shot.
Now, on a more positive side this is a dark movie from the dark country of Belgium. Pieter Van Hees’s beautifully shot debut feature is a story of horror that draws its power from slow build and unsettling suggestion. There is no terror or horror FX, but instead there is plenty of great suspense and a thought provoking story not unlike Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby. The dark tone of the story is reflected in the atmospheric cinematography, and really hats off to lens man Nicolas Karakatsanis, who was responsible for the equally dark Small Gods.