Archive of films Aaltra / Aaltra
Belgium / France
2004, 90 min
Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Two nasty wheelchair-bound neighbours journey from Belgium to Finland in a wicked road movie with a difference.
Unsympathetic characters generate wicked mirth in Belgian comic duo Benoît Delépine’s and Gustave Kervern´s Aaltra, a road movie with a difference. There´s no moralizing as two nasty wheelchair-bound neighbors try to take advantage of everyone around them, and wry performances and handsome B&W widescreen lensing make the voyage feel like an agreeable detour. Gus (Kervern) is an uptight white-collar worker with a volcanically angry worldview. His slovenly neighbor, Ben (Delepine), is a layabout farmer who enjoys being a thorn in Gus´ side. Crushed by a tractor, they join forces on a journey to Finland to lay siege to the factory that built the offending tractor. Dialogue is pared to the minimum, and an especially big laugh for cineastes occurs in the last scene.
La Parti Production
15, rue Alfred Cluysenaar, 1060, Brussels
Tel: +32 2 534 6808
Fax: +32 2 534 7818
About the film
Black & white, 35 mm
|Section:||Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!|
|Director:||Benoit Delépine, Gustave Kervern|
|Screenplay:||Benoit Delépine, Gustave Kervern|
|Dir. of Photography:||Hugues Poulain, Jackson Elizondo|
|Producer:||Vincent Tavier, Guillaume Malandrin, Adriana Piasek-Wanski|
|Production:||La Parti Production, koprodukce / co-production: 0F2B Productions|
|Cast:||Benoit Delépine, Gustave Kervern, Aki Kaurismäki|
|Contact:||Funny Balloons, La Parti Production|