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Yvan finds a burglar in his house. He doesn't call the police and decides to give the young man a lift home to his parents.

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Yvan
Fabrice Adde ...
Didier dit Elie
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Le collectionneur
Didier Toupy ...
Le naturiste
Françoise Chichéry ...
La maman d'Elie
Stefan Liberski ...
Le garagiste #1
Baptiste Isaia ...
Le garagiste #2
Jean-Jacques Rausin ...
Le motard #1
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Yvan finds a burglar in his house. After some consideration, Yvan decides not to call the police and to drop the lad near the nearby city but he ends up giving him a lift home to his parents. Together, they travel through Belgium and meet some extraordinary people and find themselves in ditto situations. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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$195 (USA) (5 June 2009)

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$10,443 (USA) (7 August 2009)
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Subversive road movie
20 March 2010 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

A middle-aged man returns to his home in rural Belgium to find that it has been broken into, with a stranger hiding under his bed. He initially threatens the intruder, who refuses to come out, with violence and calling the police. When the stranger eventually emerges, he is found to be a scared young man purportedly seeking to return to his parents after overcoming a heroin addiction. His parents live on the other side of the country, and the older man offers to give him a lift.

The ensuing road movie begins conventionally, with gradual bonding and chance meetings with various eccentrics as the Belgian landscape offers some choice cinematography opportunities. Although these initial encounters are mildly engaging and occasionally humorous, three incidents in the latter half challenge the low-key nature of the preceding action. This change of direction lends the film a more serious weight and a dark, meaty substance in place of a morality tale.

An impressive piece of work, especially given the short running time (around 80 minutes). The older man is played by Bouli Lanners, who also writes and directs.


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