Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
In this black comedy, a pair of young losers face-up to the futility of fighting conservative Belgian Establishment. The story is based on a best-selling Belgian novel by Tom Lanoye. Twenty-four-year-old Tony comes from an upper middle class family. Both of his parents are prominent lawyers. Soon after flunking his legal exams, the aimless Tony steals some of his parents cash and takes off for a cross-country drive in his van. Along the way, he encounters the ex-con Andreeke, a man who loves wandering about and steals for the joy of it. Wanting some kicks, the new buddies rob Tony's house. Afterward, Andreeke departs and returns to the tiny bistro he owns. Tony is still yearning for more trouble though and so tries to con a cagey, dying old woman. Unfortunately for him, she proves to be the better con artist. Later, Andreeke, who has lost his restaurant, and Tony reteam to try and rob a bank. Only one of them survives the heist.
con/scam, ex-convict, family, lawyer, loser, middle-class, on-the-run, robbery