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Calvaire (2004)

Not Rated | | Horror | 9 March 2005 (Belgium)
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Marc, a traveling entertainer, is on his way home for Christmas when his van brakes in the middle of a jerkwater town with some strange inhabitans.

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Fabrice du Welz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurent Lucas ... Marc Stevens
Brigitte Lahaie ... Mademoiselle Vicky
Gigi Coursigny Gigi Coursigny ... Madame Langhoff
Jean-Luc Couchard Jean-Luc Couchard ... Boris
Jackie Berroyer ... Bartel
Philippe Nahon ... Robert Orton
Philippe Grand'Henry Philippe Grand'Henry ... Tomas Orton
Jo Prestia ... Fermier Mylène
Marc Lefebvre Marc Lefebvre ... Lucien
Alfred David Alfred David ... Roland (as Alfred David-Pingouin)
Alain Delaunois Alain Delaunois ... Gáant
Vincent Cahay Vincent Cahay ... Stan Le Pianiste
Johan Meys Johan Meys ... Rosto
Romain Protat Romain Protat ... Figurant Dans Le Bar
Damien Waselle Damien Waselle ... Figurant Dans Le Bar
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Storyline

A few days before Christmas, traveling entertainer Marc Stevens is stuck at nightfall in a remote wood in the swampy Hautes Fagnes region of Liège, his van conked out. An odd chap who's looking for a lost dog leads Marc to a shuttered inn; the owner gives Marc a room for the night. Next day, the innkeeper, Mr. Bartel, promises to fix the van, demands that Marc not visit the nearby village, and goes through Marc's things while the entertainer takes a walk. At dinner that night, Bartel laments his wife's having left him, and by next day, Marc is in a nightmare that may not end. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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woods | van | singer | inn | french horror | See All (23) »

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Some people would kill for company.

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Horror

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Country:

Belgium | France | Luxembourg

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 March 2005 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Calvaire - Tortur des Wahnsinns See more »

Filming Locations:

Bullingen, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$635, 6 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,623, 8 October 2006
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2.35 : 1
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The scene where Marc and Bartel talk over dinner was modeled after the conversation scene between Marion Crane and Norman Bates in Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). See more »

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"ELECRTICITE" is spelled during the end credits instead of "ELECTRICITE" (Electricity) See more »

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The pig can be heard squealing one last time at the very end of the credits. See more »

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References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

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A real treat for fans of surreal and off-beat cinema.
22 December 2005 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Marc Stevens(Laurent Lucas)is a cheesy cabaret-style singer whose main audiences are the old people's homes of backwater Belgium.Travelling to perform at a wedding during Christmas week,Stevens is stranded when his mobile-home/trailer breaks down near a remote village.He seeks assistance at the local inn,run by a chatty oldster named Paul Bartel (Jackie Berroyer),but this turns out to be a decidedly unwise move..."Calvaire" is a truly bizarre mix of surreal comedy and survival horror.The film is filled with gallery of psychotics,inbred freaks and sexual deviants.For example Bartel thinks the hapless Marc is his wife Gloria,a singer who recently left him for another man.The cinematography by Benoit Debie is beautiful,unfortunately the tension is clearly lacking.The bestiality scene is quite short and there is only a little bit of gruesome violence including a crucifixion of Marc.Among the actors playing the villagers are Philippe Nahon and Jo Prestia,both best known for their work with Gaspar Noe on the likes of "Irreversible".So if you are a fan of controversial French cinema you can't go wrong with "Calvaire".9 out of 10.


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