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Congorama (2006)

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An eccentric Belgian inventor travels to Québec to search for his family, which uncovers a secret history between two seemingly unrelated people.

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Philippe Falardeau
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivier Gourmet ... Michel Roy
Paul Ahmarani ... Louis Legros
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Hervé Roy
Claudia Tagbo Claudia Tagbo ... Alice Roy
Gabriel Arcand ... Priest
Lorraine Pintal Lorraine Pintal ... Lucie
Arnaud Mouithys Arnaud Mouithys ... Jules Roy
Guy Pion Guy Pion ... Germain Collignon
Janine Sutto ... Sister Lafrance
Marie Brassard ... Madeleine Longsdale
Henri Chassé Henri Chassé ... Energy Minister
Jules Philip Jules Philip ... Man in Alcove
Mireille Bailly Mireille Bailly ... Lawyer
Carlo Ferrante Carlo Ferrante ... TV Host
Jean-Luc Couchard Jean-Luc Couchard ... Journalist
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Storyline

Michel, the Belgian son of a paralyzed writer, husband of a Congolese refugee, and father of a future tennis champion, is an erratic inventor misunderstood by his employer. At age 41, he learns that he was born secretly in a barn in Québec, in the town of Sainte-Cécile, and given up for adoption shortly afterward. In the summer of 2000, Michel goes there and finds a sleepy village that soon makes him want to run back home. There, he meets a man who drives a car with a technologically advanced hybrid engine. On their way back to Montréal, an accident changes their lives forever, and what is uncovered will challenge the very future of the automotive industry. Welcome to "Congorama." Written by Philippe Falardeau

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Canada | Belgium | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 January 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Kongorama See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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French visa #112296 delivered on 20 October 2006. See more »

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Why was this movie made?
2 April 2007 | by paterfam001See all my reviews

I cannot for my life imagine why this movie was made. The story is both improbable and prosaic, as well as confusingly ill-told. The main characters are unappealing, though some of the supporting characters, and their relations to the protagonist, have a life of their own - they appear to be visiting from another and much better movie. The tone is uneasy and inconsistent, varying from slice-of-life to tragedy to melodrama to (very briefly) absurdist farce. The trailer that I saw was as misleading as it could possibly be, promising farce, while the movie is very bland and matter-of-fact. The last scene of the movie (I don't think this is a spoiler) shows the protagonist (there ought to be a short word, when you cannot bring yourself to say 'hero') driving a car in front of the phoniest back-projection landscape I have ever seen. The landscape is Africa - presumably the Congo - dragged in by the heels to justify the title. Are the Belgians still guilty about the Congo?


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