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The Unemployment Club (2003)

Le club des chômeurs (original title)
"The Unemployment Club" is a social comedy whose backdrop is the decline of the steel industry in the south of Luxembourg. Somewhat in the style of Ken Loach, it has been described as a Luxembourg "Full Monty".


Andy Bausch


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Credited cast:
Kim Anthony Kim Anthony ... Petz jeune
Claude Breda Claude Breda
Gilles Duprel Gilles Duprel ... Le fils de Géronimo
Véronique Fauconnet Véronique Fauconnet ... Teresa
Albert Federspiel Albert Federspiel ... Le chanteur de la fanfare
Luc Feit Luc Feit ... Fränz Welwerding dit Sonny Boy
Camillo Felgen Camillo Felgen ... Le curé
Fernand Fox Fernand Fox ... Abbes
Frédéric Frenay Frédéric Frenay ... Un gangster français
Jupp Guddenburg Jupp Guddenburg ... L'entraîneur de foot
Lucien Haas Lucien Haas ... Le chef d'orchestre
Milos Hlavac Milos Hlavac ... Le proprio du Café du Coin
Jhemp Hoschelt Jhemp Hoschelt ... Le directeur du bureau de l'emploi
André Jung André Jung ... Theodor Linari dit Théid
Marja-Leena Junker Marja-Leena Junker ... Jackel


In Differdange, in the South of Luxembourg, six unemployed men decide to create the "Dole Club", whose rules forbid its members to work, even in the very unlikely event that they are offered a job. Geronimo, Théid, Frunnes, Sonny Boy, Abbes and Petz all agree to abide by the strict regulations of the club. In accordance with them, they manage to survive. But they can do it only on petty theft and other swindles, which is bound to end badly... Written by Guy Bellinger

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A shame for Luxemburg
2 October 2006 | by yogo76See all my reviews

I think it's a shame that people around the world associate Luxemburg with Andy Bausch movies. His flicks display a wrong, disrespectful and silly picture of Luxembourgian culture. I haven't seen all of Mr. Bausch movies, but "Le club des chomeurs" is certainly one of his best, which does not mean much. It still is badly written and directed and the acting comes closer to amateur theater than anything else.

It may have some kind of juvenile charm , which may appeal to a minority, but overall it's just bullshit. Take a look at some of the movies by Pol Cruchten, a more gifted director than Bausch, to get an accurate image of this small, but charming country.

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15 August 2003 (Denmark) See more »

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