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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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Details

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:

$890, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$3,260

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,260
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Welz was reluctant to cast Jackie Berroyer as Paul Bartel, because Berroyer had previously appeared in Welz's short film A Wonderful Love (1999) and Welz didn't think Berroyer was right for the role of Bartel. Welz changed his mind after Berroyer's impressive audition and so he was cast. See more »

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

Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Viande d'origine française (2009) See more »

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Essence of another reality
17 January 2007 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

At first view, a horror, At the second- story about basic instincts and about the small difference between human and beast. In fact, film about vanity, illusion and reality's ambiguous limit. In essence, a religious movie.

The values of Marc Stevens life are few, mediocre, ordinaries. Nothing very important, nothing special. Powerful taste of job, impressions, and memories of show. He is only shadow of a gray existence, boring and strong. Like many of us. His life's image is the image inside the car. The old lady is a spectator. The sentiments or the passion are not important. So, the punishment is a good solution to end a stupid dream of chimeric glory.

Bartel is, in same time, victim and master. His innocence is charming, his expectation - brave. For him the life has a precious sense and the rules are essence of life. A little man with decent desires. Ordinary people, sensitive and good.

The film is picture of an impact. The impact between two worlds, very different, cruels in special way, the only common element is the form and value of sin.

"Calvaire" presents the heart of world. The heart without glamor, lights, masks or shining skin. Without beautiful illusion and subtle gestures. It is not the wild life or new Lord of the Flies. It is not slice of community's madness. It is only essence of another reality. The reality of cruel gods and perfect faith.


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