ARROW FILMS Out Now
One can only imagine the amount of spiritsapping slop that Walter Iuzzolino, curator of the foreign-language TV drama platform Walter Presents, has to drudge through as part of his job. But then chancing across the odd pearl, like The OutLaws, must make it all seem quite worthwhile.
A major hit that guzzled awards in its native Belgium, this bruise-black comedy-cum-- murder-mystery boasts one of the most memorable TV monsters ever, in the supremely hateable JeanClaude Delcorps (Dirk Roofthooft). Described as a “despicable turtle’s fart” (presumably a devastating insult in Belgium), he’s a character so odious that his four sistersin-law, who are otherwise among the finest, most upstanding people you could ever imagine, want to rub him out.
There’s a very appealing sense of naturalism and a lightness of touch to Malin-sarah Gozin’s writing, and it isn’t hard to see why the US has nabbed the rights to this series – naturally, for an Americanised remake. It’s difficult to see how it could better this, though. And kudos to Gozin for resisting the lure of a second series. These ten episodes are perfect as they are – we don’t need any more.
“You can choose your friends…” as the saying goes.