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January 27–February 2, 2017

Chicago Theatrical

The Ardennes

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Film still: The Ardennes Film still: The Ardennes


4 stars "This is storytelling as lean and unpredictable as a fighting dog; it's one of the strongest first features I have seen this year"
  —The Guardian
"The Ardennes, directed by Robin Pront, takes an effective...pulp premise and executes it with a decent measure of soul and skill"
  —New York Times
"The film's bleak, Coen-esque sense of isolation, cold brutality and clutch of confident performances...[result in an] engaging story that culminates in an enjoyably nasty conclusion"

A brutal home invasion goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off, leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth is released from prison and much has changed. Dave fell in love with Kenneth's girlfriend and as you can imagine, having Kenneth back in the house has been a little tense. Prone to fighting at the drop of a hat, Kenneth brings bad luck and bad vibes wherever he goes, whether it is at Dave's job, in his home, or just out on the street. But when Kenneth is offered one last criminal enterprise and tries to bring Dave along with him, things really go downhill.

This feature film debut by filmmaker Robin Pront opens with a powerful punch and continues with a slow burn downward spiral of brotherly betrayal and brutal retribution. An old-school sibling drama with new-school style, The Ardennes is an expertly constructed thriller, full of unpredictable characters with logical motivations, set in the shadows of Belgium's Ardennes forest.

Directed by Robin Pront, Belgium, 2015, 93 mins. In Flemish and French with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Jan. 27 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Jan. 28 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Jan. 29 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon., Jan. 30 at 9:15 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., Jan. 31–Feb. 2 at 7 & 9 pm
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