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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
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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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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Surrealistic meditation on best tracks of European film-making, 25 August 2006
Author: petar mitric

Best artistic film i have seen in years. Incredibly connected to Buñuel/Dali's "An Andalusian Dog" (quoted few other Buñuel's films as well) brings completely fresh vision of surrealism. I saw this film together with a Hollywood actors agent who was completely shocked by the film considering it the act of crime. I had to be easy with comments cause it would make me a criminal as well. There is hilarious scene with Chabrol in the ZOO which rediscovers his tremendous, almost forgotten, acting talent. One of the highlights of the film is wonderful Velvet who makes mythical anti-Venus character so pure and powerful. So, "Avida" is such brilliantly made film, on best tracks of European film-making, which goes straight to film art history with no doubt. I consider Gustave De Kervern and Benoît Delépine saviors of European film art.

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