Although he would not call himself a prolific filmmaker, Belgian director Bas Devos has made two films within one year: Hellhole and now Ghost Tropic. There is much to be said for seeing the films as a diptych, with Brussels playing a key role in both films and the two films showing the flip sides of the same coin: fear and hope.
After finishing her late shift, 58-year-old cleaning lady Khadija takes the last subway home. She falls asleep only to wake up at the end of the line. She has no choice but to go home on foot, crossing much of Brussels in the middle of the night to get there. Along the way she meets people of all walks of life, who she approaches with good will. Those night owls cannot do much for her, though still helping her however possible. In Hellhole the city is threatening and ugly, in Ghost Tropic Brussels shows its beautiful side, as a place where intimacy and genuine contact are quite common.