Writer-director Vincent Bal debuts with this understated coming-of-age story. Thirteen-year-old Victor (Ides Meire) is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Ostend after the death of his father.
When he and his Uncle go to the taxidermist to have a stuffed dog fix, Victor meets Fania (Charlotte de Ruyter), a pretty girl about his age. Soon teenage hormones are raging, and little seems to stand between Victor and his first kiss except his own elaborate fantasy world.
He images himself as the Man of Steel, a comic-book superhero with the strength and emotions of iron. Man Van Staal was screened at the 1999 Flanders Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide