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The King of Escape (2009)
"Le roi de l'évasion" (original title)

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Armand, a man who sells farm machines in the country, is a popular middle-aged homosexual. Just as he was getting sick of life, he falls in love with a young girl called, Curlie, and goes on the run from her parents and the police.

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Armand Lacourtade
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Curly Durandot
Pierre Laur ...
Robert Rapaille
Luc Palun ...
Daniel Durandot
Pascal Aubert ...
Paul, le patron
François Clavier ...
Le commissaire
Bruno Valayer ...
Jean-Jacques
Jean Toscan ...
Jean
Mauricette Gourdon ...
Mme Rapaille
Georges Vaur ...
Le vieux garagiste
Jeanine Canezin ...
Marinette
Jean-Pierre Rouane ...
Le patron du bar
Melha Bossard ...
Mme Durandot
Fabrice Poulain ...
Un policier
Frédéric Felder ...
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Armand, a man who sells farm machines in the country, is a popular middle-aged homosexual. Just as he was getting sick of life, he falls in love with a young girl called, Curlie, and goes on the run from her parents and the police.

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Unique and VERY underrated...
21 August 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The King of Escape is two movies in one. On the surface it's an oddball comedy about a gay, 43-year-old tractor salesman called Armand who has a midlife crisis and runs off with an infatuated teenage girl. The humour is both absurdist and deadpan and there's lots of it, so if you're in the mood for some laughs you can switch your brain off and enjoy the unpredictable antics. But underneath the surface this is a film churning with emotion. Armand is comical but his motivations are not. He is popular and social (very social - there's a LOT of sex in this movie) but he appears to have no family. His pastimes all seem to involve solitary exploration - cycling through the countryside, walks through the forest - because Armand is actually a desperately lonely man who is searching for a deeper connection. Nobody really *loves* Armand so he pursues this bizarre relationship because she seems to need him in a way that nobody else in his life does. The King of Escape certainly isn't the first comedy where the main character is motivated by suffering but it's definitely one of the best. BTW, Ludovic Berthillot is excellent as Armand. It's a very brave performance (and not just because he spends so much of it naked). Armand is a tough role but Berthillot never falls back on caricature. Some characters have a rough time and there are serious scenes too, yet Alain Guiraudie is a very generous director. There is no Office-style "cringe" humour and he has such a light touch that you take your medicine without realizing it. Outstanding stuff.


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