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Aaltra (2004)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 23 June 2004 (Belgium)
In this pitch black comedy the rivalry between two neighbors escalates into an all out war. Through a maintenance error on a tractor they both end up, paralyzed, in a wheelchair. It seems ... See full summary »

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Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern (as Gustave K/Vern)

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Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern (as Gustave K/Vern)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benoît Delépine ... L'employé
Gustave Kervern ... L'ouvrier agricole (as Gustave K/Vern)
Michel de Gavre Michel de Gavre ... Le paysan
Gérard Condejean Gérard Condejean ... Le Chinois
Isabelle Delépine Isabelle Delépine ... L'épouse
Pierre Ghenassia Pierre Ghenassia ... Le patron
Fred Martin Fred Martin ... Le collègue
Jan Bucquoy Jan Bucquoy ... L'amant
Pierre Carles Pierre Carles ... Le médecine
Céline Normand Céline Normand ... Infirmière
Martine Peigné Martine Peigné ... Infirmière
Carine Liénard Carine Liénard ... Infirmière
Nathalie Carpentier Nathalie Carpentier ... Infirmière
Dodo Avrel Dodo Avrel ... Le kiné
Jean-Michel Carlier Jean-Michel Carlier ... Ambulancier bavard
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Storyline

In this pitch black comedy the rivalry between two neighbors escalates into an all out war. Through a maintenance error on a tractor they both end up, paralyzed, in a wheelchair. It seems they are doomed to stay together. They no longer focus their rage on each other but on the manufacturer of the tractor, in Helsinki. So get ready for a hilarious wheelchair road movie. Written by Cult Films

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Belgium | France

Language:

English | Finnish | French | German | Dutch

Release Date:

23 June 2004 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Aaltra - vihaiset jalattomat miehet See more »

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

L'Anglais à la moto: It's people like you that give fucking people in wheelchairs a bad fucking name!
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Featured in Delépine/Kervern - Échappements libres (2016) See more »

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2 December 2004 | by F Gwynplaine MacIntyreSee all my reviews

'Aaltra', made on a budget of about ninepence (and showing every penny of it) is a harsh and unsentimental comedy about a couple of paraplegics who go on a road trip from Belgium to Finland by means of hitch-hiking in their wheelchairs. The fact that the two travelling companions are bitter enemies only adds to the bizarre hilarity.

Both travellers are intentionally depicted as unlikeable. The filmmakers rather daringly go against audience sentiment, deliberately undermining any sympathy that the physical handicap of the main characters would give them. One of the two handicapped men is shown asking passers-by to help him across the road ... and then he tries to snatch their wallets while they assist him! Elsewhere, there is a great deal of pratfall comedy at the expense of the two paraplegics.

The entire film is shot in stark, washed-out monochrome. I suspect that this was a necessity due to the very low production budget, but the filmmakers have cleverly turned this to the advantage of the narrative. The whole film looks like some stark minimalist seriocomedy by Samuel Beckett. Imagine Vladimir and Estragon in wheelchairs, on their way to see Godot. Or two Hamms without a Clov.

There are some bizarre continuity lapses: these seem to be down to the low budget. And there is also a very gratuitous insertion of a naked woman; I suspect that the distributor insisted upon this, in order for the film to get a larger audience. 'Aaltra' is not to all tastes, but I laughed heartily and the filmmakers show real ability. I'll rate this movie 7 out of 10.


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