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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

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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Technical Specs

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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Funny, sad and original
18 October 2003 | by lyn50See all my reviews

Some critics found this film bleak, but for me there was enough good humour and optimism to overcome this impression. For example, the quietly positive and stoic character of the daughter is the still centre of the film, often counterbalancing the unhappy aspects of the setting and plotline.

The film is full of original ideas and characters, and the final outcome is not predictable: I felt it could've gone either way.

By the way, many reviews I've read mention the effective use of black and white, but the print I saw, shown on the SBS TV network here in Australia, was in full colour.


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