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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 ... 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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Country:

Canada | Belgium | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 January 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Kongorama See more »

Filming Locations:

Quebec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,643
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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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After the credits, the shot of the emu is shown again in reverse. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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More proof of the "Two Solitudes"
7 October 2006 | by edberrySee all my reviews

As an English speaking Canadian, I have experienced first hand the divide between Anglophone and Francophone Canadians. I understood it as cultural insulation as opposed to the true connection between Quebec and rest of the french speaking world. This delightful tale of a down and out Belgian inventor and quest to find out where he comes from, is a strong allegory for Quebec and the rest of us. The acting is subtle, the characters are rich and interesting and it avoids so many clichés that would be easy to fall into. The main character is so real that his longing and personal angst creates a pervasive melancholy to the film. The pace was a bit slow for my partner and I found that this only added to the movie. What I found most interesting was this search for identify motif that Philippe Falardeau so expertly weaves throughout the film. Whether it is the Congoese, Quebecois, adopted or anyone of us. When Jules, his black son, asks Michel(a dumpy white Belgian) "what did I get from you?", Michel is stuck to respond. Looking at his adoptive father, Michel says they all have the same nose. Don't we all.


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