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The Ordeal

A Feature film by Fabrice du Welz

Produced by The Film

Release in France : 16/03/2005


    Marc Stevens is an itinerant singer. He's just given a concert at an isolated hospice. He hits the road again, but his car breaks down in the middle of nowhere.
    Mr. Bartel, a hotel-keeper suffering a psychological breakdown since Gloria, his wife, left him, takes him in.
    Marc's nightmare begins.

    Actors (13)

    Production and distribution (6)

    Executive Producer :

    The Film

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    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Associate producer :

    Backup Films

    Foreign production companies :

    La Parti Production, Tarantula Luxembourg

    French distribution :

    Mars Distribution

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    Calvaire by Fabrice du Welz (Belgium/France/Luxembourg, 2004, 90 min.). 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 Stevens 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. Description adapted from the Toronto International Film Festival.

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    Full credits (13)

    Executive Producer :

    Michaël Gentile

    Foreign Producer :

    Donato Rotunno

    Sound Recordist :

    Marc Engels

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Michel Burstein

    Continuity supervisor :

    Laora Bardos

    Music Composer :

    Vincent Cahay

    Make-up Artist :

    Aurélie Elich

    Screenwriters :

    Fabrice du Welz, Romain Protat

    Director of Photography :

    Benoît Debie

    Production Manager :

    Ludovic Douillet

    Editor :

    Sabine Hubeaux

    Production Designer :

    Manu Demeulemeester

    Costume designer :

    Géraldine Picron

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Belgium

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    Nationality :

    Minority French (France, Belgium)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Rating restrictions :

    Under 16

    Posters (1)


    News (6)

    Selections (11)

    FIFF - 2005

    FIFF (Belgium, 2005)


    Focus on Belgian Cinema

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) - 2005

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) (The Netherlands, 2005)


    Main Program Section Feature Films

    IFI French Film Festival (Dublin) - 2004

    IFI French Film Festival (Dublin) (Ireland, 2004)


    Official Selection

    Ghent Film Festival - 2004

    Ghent Film Festival (Belgium, 2004)



    FIFF - 2004

    FIFF (Belgium, 2004)


    Official Competition

    La Semaine de la Critique - Cannes - 2004

    La Semaine de la Critique - Cannes (France, 2004)


    Official Competition


    FIFF - 2004

    FIFF (Belgium, 2004)


    "Cine & Fx " Award

    Delegations (2)