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Les convoyeurs attendent (1999)

Dreaming of more than his routine life, a father pushes his 15 years old son to break a world record: opening and closing a door 40,000 times in 24 hours.

Director:

Benoît Mariage
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benoît Poelvoorde ... Roger Closset - le père
Morgane Simon Morgane Simon ... Louise Closset - la fille
Bouli Lanners ... Coach
Dominique Baeyens Dominique Baeyens ... Madeleine Closset - la mère
Philippe Grand'Henry Philippe Grand'Henry ... Felix
Jean-François Devigne Jean-François Devigne ... Michel Closset - le fils
Lisa Lacroix Lisa Lacroix ... Jocelyne
Philippe Nahon ... Overseer
Édith Le Merdy Édith Le Merdy ... Edith (Jocelyne's mother)
Patrick Audin Patrick Audin ... Patrick (Jocelyne's father)
Claude Caudron Claude Caudron ... Schoolteacher
Simone Tasiaux Simone Tasiaux ... Radio announcer
Renaud Rutten Renaud Rutten ... Pushy pigeion raiser
Martin Viot Martin Viot ... Child on the empty lot
Joshua Noppe Joshua Noppe ... Child on the empty lot
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Dreaming of more than his routine life, a father pushes his 15 years old son to break a world record: opening and closing a door 40,000 times in 24 hours.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France | Belgium | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 May 1999 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

A szállítók várnak See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,924, 19 March 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,518, 26 March 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital
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Trivia

The unusual title is actually a term used by pigeon-fanciers meaning "the carriers are waiting". It's used when a race has been delayed due to inclement weather. See more »

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Features Pédale douce (1996) See more »

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Performed by Les Volontaires
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Naturalistic surrealism.
26 April 2000 | by alice liddellSee all my reviews

It's wonderful to see that Shane Meadows is already exerting international influence - LES CONVOYEURS ATTENDANT shares many themes with A ROOM FOR ROMEO BRASS: the vague class identity above working but well below middle, the unhinged father, the abandoned urban milieu, the sense of adult failure, the barely concealed fascism underpinning modern urban life.

But if Meadows is an expert formalist, Mariage trades in images, and his coolly composed, exquisitely Surreal, monochrome frames, serve to distance the grimy and rather bleak subject matter, which, Meadows-like, veers from high farce to tragedy within seconds.

There are longueurs and cliches, but Poelvoorde is compellingly mad, an ordinary man with ordinary ambitions, whose attempts to realise them are hatstand dangerous; while individual set-pieces - the popcorn/pidgeon explosions; the best marriage sequence since THE DEAD AND THE DEADLY - manage to snatch epiphany from despair.


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