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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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

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In the "thank you" section: "Balo, Jean Hermann, Denis Closset, morts au montage" ("dead in the editing room"). See more »

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

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Atmospheric mixture of horror and surreal comedy
7 March 2005 | by Boris_DaySee all my reviews

This was the best film I saw at London's 2004 Frightfest, much better than the over-hyped but ultimately disappointing Haute Tension, the other French language horror entry.

Superficially this is the Belgian take on the "crazed hillbilly" sub-genre of Last House on the Left or Deliverance, but in it's mixture of horror and surreal humor this is closer to something like Roman Polanski's The Tenant. The portrait of an isolated society who lives without women is taken to its logical and often shocking extremes. There is a scene at the local bar which must rank among the strangest and most memorable set pieces in recent years. The film is very atmospheric and the cinematography is stunning. You can almost feel the chill of the winter forest it takes place in.

Hopefully Calvaire (it's English title was The Ordeal when I saw it) will get a proper release in English speaking territories, though I can see that this is a much more difficult sell than the derivative calling card exercise that was Haute Tension.


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