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In this pitch black comedy the rivalry between two neighbors escalates into an all out war. True a maintenance error on a tractor they both end up, paralyzed, in a wheelchair. It seems they... See full summary »

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L'employé
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L'ouvrier agricole (as Gustave K/Vern)
Michel de Gavre ...
Le paysan
Gérard Condejean ...
Le Chinois
Isabelle Delépine ...
L'épouse
Pierre Ghenassia ...
Le patron
Fred Martin ...
Le collègue
Jan Bucquoy ...
L'amant
Pierre Carles ...
Le médecine
Céline Normand ...
Infirmière
Martine Peigné ...
Infirmière
Carine Liénard ...
Infirmière
Nathalie Carpentier ...
Infirmière
Dada Avrel ...
Le kiné
Jean-Michel Carlier ...
Ambulancier bavard
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In this pitch black comedy the rivalry between two neighbors escalates into an all out war. True a maintenance error on a tractor they both end up, paralyzed, in a wheelchair. It seems they are doomed to stay together. They no longer focus their rage on each other but on the manufacturer of the tractor, in Helsinki. So get ready for a hilarious wheelchair road movie. Written by Cult Films

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Also Known As:

Aaltra - vihaiset jalattomat miehet  »

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L'Anglais à la moto: It's people like you that give fucking people in wheelchairs a bad fucking name!
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Refreshing cynical road movie
25 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Aaltra is definitely worth a try. The photography (grainy black-and-white) is very well composed, and the pictures are often beautiful, or at least kind of puzzling --even though they are merely showing a train, a field, or a tractor....The film is clearly pretty odd, and reminded me of the absurd atmosphere present in Kaurismakis' movie. Better, the film has a refreshing cynical black humor and has the courage of treating wheel-chair people without being patronizing at all (i.e., without any more respect than everybody else)... The humour reminded me a little bit of Man Bites Dog (C'est arrive pres de chez vous), although in a much milder tone which should be more acceptable for the mainstream.

Despite these qualities, it seems that a clear narrative (as well as geographical) direction what was lacking. I did not really have strong feelings for the story or its characters, which left me definitely seduced, but not enthralled.


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