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I Know I’ll See Your Face Again

A 26-year-old postal clerk holes up in a cheap Brussels hotel after his girlfriend leaves him in "I Know I'll See Your Face Again." First feature by Alex Stockman glides by on low-key humor and a few good sight gags, while Michel Baudour's B&W cinematography imparts a striking, airy look. Very arty markets may want to take a look.

With:
With: Stefan Perceval; Stefanie Bodien, Senne Rouffaer, Jacqueline Bir, Marie Bulte.

A 26-year-old postal clerk holes up in a cheap Brussels hotel after his girlfriend leaves him in “I Know I’ll See Your Face Again.” First feature by Alex Stockman glides by on low-key humor and a few good sight gags, while Michel Baudour’s B&W cinematography imparts a striking, airy look. Apart from these distinguishing features, pic very much follows the Euro indie mode of stories about nothing, told by characters without substance. Very arty markets may want to take a look.

In his pain at being dumped, Joris (the understated Stefan Perceval) shuffles around town for days, undecided about where to go with his life. The dead time he spends in a run-down hotel is interrupted by two chance encounters, the first with a surgeon (Senne Rouffaer) whose credit card Joris finds, the second with a runaway German girl, Luzie (silent Stefanie Bodien), more depressed than he is. “Only connect” is too strong a suggestion for these characters inspired by literature (Kafka is mentioned) and other movies. Pic is somewhat rescued by laid-back humor that pops out at unexpected moments, as in Senne Rouffaer’s portrait of the bourgeois doctor.

I Know I'll See Your Face Again

Belgium

Production: A Corridor production. (International sales: Corridor, Brussels.) Produced by Kaat Camerlynck. Directed, written by Alex Stockman.

Crew: Camera (B&W), Michel Baudor; editor, Erik Lamens; music, Daan Stuyven; art director, Hubert Pouille. Reviewed at Rotterdam Film Festival (competing), Jan. 26, 2001. Running time: 98 MIN.

With: With: Stefan Perceval; Stefanie Bodien, Senne Rouffaer, Jacqueline Bir, Marie Bulte.

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