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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 (24) »

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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

Laurent Lucas' audition for the role of Marc lasted 45 minutes as he performed the scene where Marc puts on his show makeup and extended out the scene as though it were a real event. 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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Dark, demented Euro film...
9 November 2005 | by armandcbrisSee all my reviews

Saw this film as part of the Gala Opening for the Cinemuerte Horror Film Festival in Vancouver recently. I kinda knew what to expect from reading a description of the film before going in, but it still was quite the cinematic experience.

Suffice it to say, I'd be hard-pressed to recommend this film to anyone in my particular circle of friends (well, maybe a few), but the film had me mesmerized, and since I do enjoy dark cinema, I'd have to say I certainly enjoyed it for what it was. There were images and scenes in the film that stayed with me after, and it certainly had a noticeable effect on the audience attending. Some liked it. Some hated it. Some didn't enjoy the "pig squealing"...like one girl in the audience noted after the film had ended. (you'll understand more towards the latter-half of the film) Elements of "Deliverance", "Southern Comfort", "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" are all here, with more dark humour involved. Dark, very dark humour.

The cinematography was incredible. You've never seen the wilderness shot to look so menacing, yet maintaining a strange, dread-filled beauty. And yet it also seems endless, as if civilization is nowhere near where the events in the film take place. I unconsciously wrapped my arms around myself during the movie, from both the tension in the film, and from feeling I myself was out there in the chill of the woods.

I won't go into the plot-line, since a few others already have, but this film gives good credence to making sure that if you go driving in the country, your engine has had a recent tune-up, and you've got plenty of gas in the tank. AND to make sure you're cautious about the seeming kindness of strangers...


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