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cover: Calvaire (The Ordeal)

Calvaire (The Ordeal)

Director(s): Fabrice du Welz

Theatrical Release: 2004

Cast: Laurent Lucas, Jackie Berroyer, Philippe Nahon, Jean-Luc Couchard, Brigitte Lahaie, Gigi Coursigni

Genre(s): Horror, psychological, Drama

Countries: France, Belgium, Luxembourg


Location in store: Horror

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(2 / 2)
Ant Rating
6.0
MyRating
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Running Time: 88m.

A traveling entertainer falls prey to a disturbed recluse in director Fabrice de Welz's twisted, slow burn riff on Deliverance and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Having finished his latest performance at a remote retirement home, wandering singer Marc Stevens (Laurent Lucas) packs his gear into his van and sets out towards his next gig. Unfortunately for Marc, the fog shrouded roads of rural France are more treacherous than he ever anticipated. When his van breaks down in the middle of the night and a skittish local promises to lead him to a nearby inn owned by the eccentric recluse Paul Bartel (Jackie Berroyer), it appears that luck may be on Marc's side and he will be back on the road with the light of the morning sun. This isn't your average bed and breakfast though, and Bartel certainly isn't the kindly innkeeper he initially appears to be. When Marc's van is set aflame and his increasingly menacing host makes a most disturbing claim, the soft-spoken singer will be forced to fight for his life against not only Bartel, but an entire village of deeply disturbed woodsmen. (allmovie.com)
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