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Calvaire (2004)

Not Rated  |   |  Horror  |  9 March 2005 (Belgium)
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A singer's car breaks down deep in the woods.

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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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Some people would kill for company.

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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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Welz was reluctant to cast Jackie Berroyer as Paul Bartel, because Berroyer had previously appeared in Welz's short film _Quand on est amoureux c'est merveilleux (1999 short)_ and Welz didn't think Berroyer was right for the role of Bartel. Welz changed his mind after Berroyer's impressive audition and he was cast. See more »

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Standard, eccentric, sick
27 December 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

If you would ask me to give a short description of 'Calvaire' by Fabrice du Welz, I am forced to give you a plain description of a plain and dull horror movie. The car of a young man name Mark Stevens breaks down deep into the forest. Luckily he finds a hostel to spend the night, so he can start repairing his car tomorrow at daylight. But the owner of the hostel doesn't seem to be as guestfree as he appeared to be...

But as this movie develops it appears that this is not your everyday horrorflick. The nightmare Mark Stevens awaits is far worse than anyone would expect. Torture and humiliation await him in a form that will turn your stomach 3 times around. And not only because of what you see and what is happening, but mostly because the characters are so convincingly developed.

So don't get misled of all those short filmdescriptions. It may sound like a standard description, but ends as one of the most sick films I have ever seen. It makes you wonder what must be the reason people like to watch this kind of films. Maybe it's not just because of the frightening parts, but most of all, the ending. Again, an ending not like an everyday horror, but one that will make you think a few days after seeing 'Calvaire'.


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