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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 ...
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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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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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Dry, absurdist comedy
31 May 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, United States) – See all my reviews

Delépine and de Kervern are Belgian comedians who conceived, wrote, directed and starred in this deliciously dark comedy about two rural neighbors (one is a farm hand, the other a business man who commutes to the city), men who hate each other and, in one horrid fight, accidentally inflict wounds that result in each becoming paraplegic. Now wheelchair bound, they find themselves thrown together, hitchhiking on a long road journey to Finland, to the Aaltra plant, where a piece of farm machinery was made, equipment that figured in their injuries, to seek compensation. Along the way, naturally, their mutual antipathy gives way, first to interdependence, and from there to a crude sort of friendship.

The early scenes seem deliberately, almost diabolically discontinuous and thus the unfolding of the story is puzzling for a while. Shot in grainy black & white, the movie seems like verité; at first one even wonders whether this is possibly a documentary. The Finnish biker Karaoke scene is by itself almost worth the price of admission. Dripping with drollery (sorry folks, I just can't seem to shake my obsession with alliterative riffs on the letter "d" today), this film recalls the comedies of the Finnish director, Aki Kaurismäki, who, in fact, has a cameo role at the end of this movie, as the Aaltra plant owner. My grade: B 7/10


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