Daens (1992)

STIJN CONINX

Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.5.

Belgium/France/The Netherlands, 1992.  Dérives Productions, Favourite Films, Shooting Star Filmcompany BV.  Screenplay by , Stijn Coninx, scenario consultant Addy Weijers, based on the novel Pieter Daens by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Powerful account of an 19th century Belgian priest () who fought for social reform against the oppressive government of the day. Decleir is excellent as a man with a rare conscience who could no longer abide the destitute poverty of the factory workers living all around him, and decided to do something about against all odds (sometimes at the risk of his own life). Stijn Coninx directs this fascinating, fact-based drama.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

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