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A singer's car breaks down deep in the woods.

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Cast

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Marc Stevens
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Mademoiselle Vicky
Gigi Coursigny ...
Madame Langhoff
Jean-Luc Couchard ...
Boris
Jackie Berroyer ...
Bartel
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Robert Orton
Philippe Grand'Henry ...
Tomas Orton
Jo Prestia ...
Fermier Mylène
Marc Lefebvre ...
Lucien
Alfred David ...
Roland (as Alfred David-Pingouin)
Alain Delaunois ...
Gáant
Vincent Cahay ...
Stan Le Pianiste
Johan Meys ...
Rosto
Romain Protat ...
Figurant Dans Le Bar
Damien Waselle ...
Figurant Dans Le Bar
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Storyline

A few days before Christmas, traveling entertainer Marc Stevens is stuck at nightfall in a remote wood in the swampy Hautes Fagnes region of Liège, his van conked out. An odd chap who's looking for a lost dog leads Marc to a shuttered inn; the owner gives Marc a room for the night. Next day, the innkeeper, Mr. Bartel, promises to fix the van, demands that Marc not visit the nearby village, and goes through Marc's things while the entertainer takes a walk. At dinner that night, Bartel laments his wife's having left him, and by next day, Marc is in a nightmare that may not end. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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woods | van | singer | inn | emaciation | See more »

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Some people would kill for company.

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Drama | Horror

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Release Date:

9 March 2005 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Calvaire - Tortur des Wahnsinns  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$635 (USA) (6 October 2006)

Gross:

$2,623 (USA) (6 October 2006)
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Trivia

According to director Fabrice Du Welz the surreal bar scene in this film is a homage to one of his favorite films André Delvaux's Un soir, un train (1968). See more »

Goofs

"ELECRTICITE" is spelled during the end credits instead of "ELECTRICITE" (Electricity) See more »

Crazy Credits

In the "thank you" section: "Balo, Jean Hermann, Denis Closset, morts au montage" ("dead in the editing room"). See more »

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Referenced in Viande d'origine française (2009) See more »

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just saw it at the TIFF
15 September 2004 | by (toronto, canada) – See all my reviews

Wow...the other review is nuts. This movie was fantastic!

I got a chance to thank the director (in french) after the film. The lighting was unbelievable, the acting was great, the directing was great, and the script was fantastic. Definitely not for the weak of stomach...pretty gory and painful at times, but let up with some hilarious moments (ie. the dance). They shot on super 16 which gave it an incredible grainy quality...very 1980s sci-fi/horror (which i liked). It was very dark with extremely high contrast, and some beautiful locations. The end seemed like a bit of a let-down at first, but the more i think about it the more i like it. (won't give it away though).

Suffice to say it was gorgeously shot, great cast/crew, and a interesting take on insanity and love. The director described it as a 'love story'...ermmm...yes? with a crucifixion...and pig buggery...

anyways, I would LOVE to see this get a release (without a re-edit), or at lest a distribution deal. It really deserves it.

-cheers,

claire


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