Dreaming of more than his routine life, a father pushes his 15 years old son to break a world record: opening and closing a door 40,000 times in 24 hours.

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Roger (father)
Morgane Simon ...
Luise (daughter)
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Coach
Dominique Baeyens ...
Madeleine (Mother)
Philippe Grand'Henry ...
Felix
Jean-François Devigne ...
Michel (son)
Lisa Lacroix ...
Jocelyne
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Overseer
Édith Le Merdy ...
Edith (Jocelyne's mother)
Patrick Audin ...
Patrick (Jocelyne's father)
Claude Caudron ...
Schoolteacher
Simone Tasiaux ...
Radio announcer
Renaud Rutten ...
Pushy pigeion raiser
Martin Viot ...
Child on the empty lot
Joshua Noppe ...
Child on the empty lot
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Dreaming of more than his routine life, a father pushes his 15 years old son to break a world record: opening and closing a door 40,000 times in 24 hours.

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19 May 1999 (Belgium)  »

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$1,924 (USA) (17 March 2000)

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$5,518 (USA) (24 March 2000)
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Surreal and charming dark comedy
1 March 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is an absurdist dark comedy from Belgium. Shot perfectly in crisp black and white, Benoît Poelvoorde (Man Bites Dog) is on fine form as Roger, the angry, obsessive father of a family in a small, sullen Belgian mining town. Roger is a photographer who, along with his young daughter Luise, visits road accidents to take photos. He is also obsessed with winning a car by entering a competition where the contestant has to break a record - and he decides that his son, Michel, must attempt to break the record of perpetually walking through a door - he even hires an overweight coach to train him. Michel dresses as Elvis and has a spot on a radio show called 'Cinema Lies', where he describes mistakes in films. Luise is friendly with near neighbour Felix, a pigeon fancier. Roger is a callous figure as he pushes Michel right over the limit during the record attempt, which almost results in his death. Interspersed throughout the film are Magritte-like surreal images. It's undeniably charming and well worth your time.


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