The Flower Shop
From the storeroom of a florist’s shop, Tomi, Rasto and Mizu are digging a tunnel to get to the safe of the Belgian National Bank. This is not your slick break-in. All they have is a pick and a shovel. They don’t even have a plan of the underground sewers, so their digging is followed by endless searching. To make matters worse, incessant rain is filling the sewer system with water.
Disillusion, self-pity and opportunism by turns characterise the tragicomic discussions between the would-be thieves. The heist film genre, with its codes and set patterns, acts as the backdrop to a portrait of marginalised characters trying to bend fate to their will. Painterly shots of rain-soaked daylight or a chair next to a freshly dug hole underline how their lives have come to a standstill. Their endeavour seems doomed from the start. But then, every underdog has its day, doesn’t it?