Published Sep 21, 2007Dries is a novelist who happens to know a thing or two about banging the skins. He enjoys weekly threesomes, chain smoking and frequent cursing. Jan is a bass player who is gay and wishes death upon his mother, who, mind you, hates her clinically insane husband and has sex with boys 30 years her junior. Koen is a singer; his hobbies include throwing up blood and rape. Ivan plays guitar and as a crack head girlfriend. He is deaf and tends to his malnourished daughter once a week in an abandoned warehouse.
All these characters make up the Feminists, a primal punk band from Ostend, Belgium. They are the stars of this film, which, if youre still reading this, is light years no universes away from anything youve ever seen in your life. The Feminists goal is to win a band battle called "Leffinge, which takes place in a guttery Belgian bar. The hosts name is Stef and he is a recovering paedophile. Outside of that, its up to your interpretation; its just that kind of a movie.
Ex Drummer is not quite horror but it out-gores everything. It will make you laugh (perversely) but its no comedy either. There are special effects but not the kind youre thinking of. The best way to categorise this film is perhaps as a "24-hour Freudian nightmare with oodles of vein-popping punk music mixed with blood.
Director Koen Mortier is not your average filmmaker; he has an extensive resume to his name (music videos, shorts, vignettes). He employs every mind-bending trick of his trade here, playing with exposures, film speeds, seizure-inducing strobe lighting and rapid-fire editing. The result is something between Trainspotting and The Devils Rejects. Theres a ton of style and flare as well and oddly, it all somehow works. How? Good question.
This is the sort of film with so many extreme elements that its easy to get distracted but Mortier is smart enough to deeply root every bit of his tale to his characters instead of revelling in the shock value. Its character-driven and yes, there is a point to it all. But a written review cannot do it any justice. Yes, its just that kind of a movie. (Tartan)