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Why this politico-criminal affair could only take place in Belgium

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A politician tipped to become Prime Minister is suspected of having murdered his wife. Guilty or innocent? The Enemy by Stephan Streker (Wedding) will try to give the answer around Jérémie Renier, magnetic as an amnesiac suspect facing Emmanuelle Bercot as a lawyer, Alma Jodorowsky as a future victim and Félix Maritaud as a fellow prisoner.

“I was freely inspired by the Wesphael affair, a news item that caused a lot of noise in Belgium but which is not known in France”, explains Stefan Streker to 20 Minutes. This Belgian politician, who had found his wife dead in a hotel room, assured that it was a suicide, which the autopsy report invalidated. Stephan Streker skilfully added fiction around this news item with one conviction: only in Belgium could this story take place.

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“Only in our country can a prominent politician be arrested without being immediately recognized,” he laughs. This would be unthinkable in France and this comes from the fact that Belgium is divided in two. As he is French-speaking, the Flemings hardly knew him! And the politician did not understand their language. Hence the translation problems between French and Flemish in the procedure which add to the absurdity of the whole. A wind of fantasy hangs over this enigma which allows us to understand the passionate and toxic relationship between the deputy and his wife.

Ostend, a seaside resort with a somewhat sinister but warm atmosphere, is a character in its own right in this thriller as fascinating as the James Ensor-style masks worn by the hero. Unease gently seizes the viewer, carried away by the mystery within a country whose director paints a picture as endearing as it is poisonous.

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Janice Thomas
Janice Thomas is a content editor at 24 News Recorder. She has 5 years of journalism experience and she he is a graduate of Wittenberg University and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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