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"Think a Belgian League Of Gentlemen with lots, lots more violence." -BBC
"A stylish, nasty, very well-done Belgian horror movie...a shocker of almost stomach-heaving grimness and intensity." -Chicago Tribune
Calvaire is a blunt shocker that has sparked comparisons to the holy triptych of
"survival" horror films: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Straw Dogs, and
Deliverance. Prepare yourself as first-time director Fabrice du Welz leads you down a path
that gets darker with every step. Marc Stevens (Laurent Lucas) is a small-time singer on his way
to a Christmas engagement when his van breaks down in the forest. He is forced to find a run-down
inn where he can stay the night. Mr. Bartel (Jackie Berroyer), the innkeeper, promises to call a
mechanic, but in his eyes, the lost crooner is a surrogate for his wife, who left him years
earlier, and Marc becomes his helpless captive. Calvaire fits into a curious place between art-
house experimentalism and blood-drenched horror, with an undercurrent of grim comedy. Be
warned: the film does feature some brutal imagery.
Directed by Fabrice du Welz,
Belgium/France/Luxembourg, 2004, 35mm, 90 mins. In French with English subtitles.