Calvaire (2004)

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Avg Rating: 3.8 / 5. Voted: 38

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AKA: The Ordeal
Year: 2004
Directed by: Fabrice Du Welz
Starring: Laurent Lucas (Marc Stevens), Jackie Berroyer (Bartel), Jean-Luc Couchard (Boris), Brigitte Lahaie (Mademoiselle Vicky), Philippe Nahon (Old man at the end)
Country: Belgium, European Cinema
Language: French (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 01:27:39
Genres: Violence Against-Relationships with Animals, Captivity-Kidnapping, CrossDressing, Gruesome, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Men, Torture

Plot – Spoilers:
A mediocre singer Marc Stevens earns a living and a feeling of success by performing at old age homes usually around festive dates. For the lonely sad people he entertains, his relative youth and vivacity is a welcome relief and something they yearn for and look forward to every year. After one such performance, Marc heads to the South of Belgium for another show but gets stuck on a rainy lonely stretch in the woods when his sputtering van gives up on him. A weird looking man who’s searching for his lost dog appears and guides him to the village inn where the old innkeeper Bartel, offers to help him fix his van the next day.

However Marc’s departure gets delayed in myriad circumstances with Bartel not in a hurry to let him leave while also desperate to convince him that they’re both artists. March puts this behaviour down to loneliness when he hears Bartel’s sad tale of his wife Gloria dumping him.

What Marc Stevens, the singing showman, doesn’t realize is that he is about to receive the kind of attention he never craved….

Laurent Lucas is one of this era’s finest and it’s hard to imagine anyone else conveying torment with such misery.

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BungaBill
BungaBill
November 24, 2018 8:09 am

I can definitely tell that this movie gets better with every subsequent viewing. Laurent Lucas’s performance is more than notable, and the film seems to be packed to the brim with metaphors and symbolism. I am very excited to analyze this film more, but for now, I can easily recommend giving it a watch.

First Impression: 7.9/10

someguy
someguy
December 22, 2019 5:32 pm

Great movie, very impressive for a first-time director. I’d highly recommend it to fans of atmospheric slow-burn horror films with a dab of metaphorical narratives.

Mancada
Mancada
May 15, 2020 3:00 pm

Very nice movie. It get more and more tense as scenes get by. Poor Marc.

Akevyah
Akevyah
September 20, 2020 3:08 am

Everytime he sings everybody wants to rape him.

joko
joko
January 26, 2021 8:39 am

the village is like something peculiar event that maybe happenned long time ago for singer named gloria. everytime marc sings it is similar like gloria. thats why those lonely oldman try to get him no matter it becomes another person.

Lotty Da
Lotty Da
February 8, 2021 5:45 am

yeah great film, totally whacked out story and characters, just the kind of shit I love… THANKS AGAIN EFFEDUP

Vic
Vic
March 13, 2021 7:52 pm

Strange movie. I thought it was fabulous. I recommend.

big drip
big drip
April 5, 2021 10:17 pm

Strange film, feels like its packed with symbols and metaphors and that I’m missing a lot, but superb acting by Laurent Lucas!

amy blue
amy blue
April 24, 2021 8:19 am

wow that was a waste of time!

Persy
Persy
Reply to  amy blue
June 2, 2021 3:12 pm

Fuck off.

akevyah
akevyah
Reply to  amy blue
July 23, 2021 2:24 am

“va te faire foutre” tu n’es pas au bon endroit. c’est un endroit pour les gens avec un gout impressionnant dans les films.

Porușniuc Adina
Porușniuc Adina
July 21, 2021 6:43 pm

French movies are awesome!Thanks EUM.

akevyah
akevyah
Reply to  Porușniuc Adina
July 23, 2021 2:28 am

its a belguim film, they speak dutch, french and german there.

Zed Man
Zed Man
October 6, 2021 9:07 am

Very unusual movie, the fact that a guy is being tormented and hunted instead of a woman. U dont see many of this type and it has suspense and weirdness and overall I liked it and thought it was well done.

Luther Blisset
Luther Blisset
October 30, 2021 11:10 pm

I remembered the song from somewhere (I’m Belgian, never seen the movie before) and it’s got a sticky melody.

Marc Aryan – Tu es bien trop belle ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so1wktIRW4o )

Bartel
Bartel
November 11, 2021 11:48 pm

After the “act” you put the pig on the barbecue roast and voila:
It´s a famous belgian national dish – the Sodom Bleu. 😀

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