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Le club des chômeurs (2003)

"The Unemployment Club" is a social comedy whose backdrop is the decline of the steel industry in the south of Luxembourg. Somewhat in the style of Ken Loach, it has been described as a Luxembourg "Full Monty".




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Stars: Thierry van Werveke, Sascha Ley, Cartouche


Credited cast:
Kim Anthony ...
Petz jeune
Claude Breda
Gilles Duprel ...
Le fils de Géronimo
Véronique Fauconnet ...
Albert Federspiel ...
Le chanteur de la fanfare
Luc Feit ...
Fränz Welwerding dit Sonny Boy
Camillo Felgen ...
Le curé
Fernand Fox ...
Frédéric Frenay ...
Un gangster français
Jupp Guddenburg ...
L'entraîneur de foot
Lucien Haas ...
Le chef d'orchestre
Milos Hlavac ...
Le proprio du Café du Coin
Jhemp Hoschelt ...
Le directeur du bureau de l'emploi
André Jung ...
Theodor Linari dit Théid
Marja-Leena Junker ...


In Differdange, in the South of Luxembourg, six unemployed men decide to create the "Dole Club", whose rules forbid its members to work, even in the very unlikely event that they are offered a job. Geronimo, Théid, Frunnes, Sonny Boy, Abbes and Petz all agree to abide by the strict regulations of the club. In accordance with them, they manage to survive. But they can do it only on petty theft and other swindles, which is bound to end badly... Written by Guy Bellinger

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15 August 2003 (Denmark)  »

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Presenting a piece of Luxembourgish Culture
1 February 2002 | by (Stegen, Luxembourg) – See all my reviews

Club des chômeurs plays in the southern area of Luxembourg. It's about a group of people having one thing in common: no job! The movie deals with the financial, social and other problems jobless people face each day in their life.

What's amazing about the movie is that it really puts you in the environment where it was filmed. The people, the places, all are totally authentic.

Although inspired from the movie "The Full Monty" I would rather put it closer to "The Big Lebowsky". Thierry van Werweke plays his role convincing and professional as always.

Though the movie is a really funny comedy, "Le Club des Chômeurs" still is a true piece of Luxembourgish Culture.

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