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Avida -- Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern, co-directors of the 2005 cult favorite Aaltra, return with Avida, another eye-popping dark comedy. The loony French filmmakers appear in leading roles as two of the three men whose plan to kidnap a wealthy woman's dog goes horribly awry.


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13 September 2006 (France) See more »
The kidnapping of a plump billionaire's dog by a deaf-mute and 2 ketamine addicts goes wrong. The wealthy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Anselme ... Le chanteur de faïence

Fernando Arrabal ... Le picador suicidaire
Anne Benett ... La nounou distraite
Beu ... L'enfant

Jean-Claude Carrière ... Le riche paranoîaque

Claude Chabrol ... Le zoophile débonnaire
Marie-Françoise Comble ... La coupeuse de langue
Julie Conte ... La belle jeune fille

Velvet D'Amour ... Avida (as Velvet)
Robert Dehoux ... L'armoire qui parle

Benoît Delépine ... L'homme à la tete de scotch

Albert Dupontel ... Le garde du corps maladroit
Emlesma ... Le dieu de la fondue
Emma1212 ... L'embrassée résistante
Rémo Forlani ... L'inquiétant directeur
Jean-Pierre Galland ... Le survivant
Benoît Jaubert ... L'homme caché
Pierre Jean ... Le tatoué ténébreux

Mathieu Kassovitz ... Le producteur chanceux

Gustave Kervern ... Le captif sourd muet (as Gustave de Kervern)
Remy Kolpa ... Le petit homme en traineau (as Rémy Kolpa-Kopoul)
Jo L'Indien ... L'ermite goguenard

Bouli Lanners ... Le collectionneur d'animaux
Elisa Larrière ... L'infirmière diaphane
Janet Latimer ... La mère triste
Frédéric Legay ... L'amoureux casqué
Luz ... L'embrasseur fougueux
Alain Magnan ... Le pourvoyeur d'esclaves
Martin ... Le drogué avide
Eric Martin

Kati Outinen ... La femme à la bonbonne d'eau
Ritier ... Le compagnon de l'alambic
Rémi ... Le père fier
Julie Sadeg ... L'autre belle jeune fille
Christophe Salengro ... Le guide chancelant
Sanseverino ... Le captif chantant (as Stéphane Sanseverino)
Tonton ... Albert l'ivrogne libéré
Rokia Traoré ... La chanteuse bienveillante
Philippe Vuillemin ... Le taxidermiste incompris

Directed by
Benoît Delépine 
Gustave Kervern  (as Gustave de Kervern)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Benoît Delépine 
Gustave Kervern  (as Gustave de Kervern)

Produced by
Benoît Jaubert .... producer
Mathieu Kassovitz .... producer
Elisa Larrière .... supervising producer
Cinematography by
Hugues Poulain 
Film Editing by
Stéphane Elmadjian 
Production Design by
Alain Juteau 
Production Management
Géraldine Bastien .... assistant unit manager
Anne Bennet .... production manager
Loïc Jouanjan .... unit manager
Elisa Larrière .... post-production supervisor
Nicolas Soulier .... unit manager: second unit
Art Department
Jackie Delevoye .... assistant property master
Philippe Hournon .... production designer: second unit
Sound Department
Régis Boussin .... boom operator
Gregoire Couzinier .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas Couzinier .... sound editor
Guillaume Le Bras .... sound
Bruno Porret .... assistant sound editor
François Sempé .... sound: second unit
Camera and Electrical Department
Julie Conte .... first assistant camera
Michel Foropon .... gaffer
Aurélien Patient .... assistant camera: second unit
Other crew
Dodo Avrel .... accessorist
Xavier Barbereau .... production accountant
Guillaume Colboc .... production assistant
Karima Hadjerioua .... production assistant
Stephane Lieser .... lawyer
Julie Sadeg .... production secretary

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The title "Avida" is inspired by the nickname André Breton gave to 'Salvador Dali', "Avida Dollars" which actually is the anagram of the painter's name.See more »


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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Don't be misled by people trying to tell you not to be misled by festival booklets, 16 March 2008
Author: missingtth from Canada

This film is brilliant - but there will be a fair share of naysayers who will criticize the film for ridiculous reasons. The fact is that AVIDA is extremely creative and progressive film-making and might actually make you think about society at large, the symbols that flow throughout - religious or social - and a bunch of other ideas that certain authorities would rather have you ignorant of.

This is one of those films, like Jodorowsky's HOLY MOUNTAIN, that is shat on in the year of its release but inevitably becomes a cult classic and will be loved by generations to come. It's just that it takes balls to put yourself behind this film and espouse its charms. Something that very few critics, most of whom are coerced by the mediocrity of popular opinion, rarely do these days.

See it if you can.

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