Archive of films Aaltra / Aaltra

Belgium / France
2004, 90 min

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Year: 2004

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.
Jay Weissberg


Funny Balloons
4 bis rue Saint Sauveur, 75002, Paris
Tel: +33 140 130 586
Fax: +33 142 333 499

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
Editor: Anne-Laure Guegan
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


Benoit Delépine

Gustave Kervern

Veronique Bouffard


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