"Ex Drummer" (2007 release from Belgium; 104 min.) centers around a famous Flemish author, Dries, who gets "recruited" to join a local band to become their drummer. The band members bill themselves as "handicapped": one lisps, the next has a stiff arm, and the third is almost deaf. What is the handicap of the new drummer? He can't drum! The band, deciding to call themselves The Feminists, starts rehearsing for a one-off gig at a local "battle of the band". Eventually we get to that gig.
Several comments: to say more of the plot would be non-sensical, as this movie is a stylish exercise in extreme absurdity, not unlike, say, "Transpotting", except that it does that movie one (or two) better, and then some. After the battle of the bands concludes, the movie's last 30 minutes descends into a hellish nightmare that needs to be seen to be believed. This is about the most "anti" politically correct movie I have seen in, well, forever. It is anti-everything. Beware: there are quite a few scenes that are simply not for the faint of heart. The movie is written and directed most capably by Koen Mortier, based on a 1994 book by Herman Brusselmans, a well-known, if controversial, author and columnist in Belgium.
Let me admit that I grew up in Flanders myself, and as such I'm quite sure it was a slightly different experience for me than most others. For one, the language in the movie (a West-Flanders dialect) is so darn funny that the subtitles simply cannot pick up all of the nuances (although they were better than I expected). The music plays of course a huge part in the movie, and the trash-metal these bands play is not a big scene in Belgium, I know that for a fact. But check out the cameo appearance of the legendary Belgian musician Arno at the end of the "battle of the bands", just amazing. Bottom line: this movie is not just miles, but GALAXIES away from your standard Hollywood fare.