COME AS YOU ARE (HASTA LA VISTA), Thu 28 November, 8pm

By December 23, 2012 archive, Season 9 films

A superb romp about three young men keen to lose their virginity. There’s a twist: paraplegic Philip, blind Jozef and wheelchair-bound Lars have very different relationships with their own bodies. Unsentimental and brimming with good-natured humour.

Director: Geoffrey Enthoven. Belgium, 2011. 115 minutes. Cert: 15A. Language: Dutch, French

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Known in its native Belgium as Hasta La Vista, Come As You Are has nothing to do with Nirvana or The Terminator, and everything to do with friendship and humanity. Bearing similarities with The Sessions, it’s the loosely true story of three disabled men who embark on a trip to Spain in order to lose their virginity at a “specialist” brothel. The subject matter is ripe for crass gags or patronising sentimentality but succumbs to neither.  Director Geoffrey Enthoven treats his characters as people, with a three-dimensional sense of empathy and good-natured humour. – Total Film

Starring: Robrecht Vanden Thoren, Gilles de Schrijver,Tom Audenaert, Isabelle de Hertogh