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The Ordeal

A Feature film by Fabrice du Welz

Produced by The Film

Release in France : 16/03/2005

    Synopsis

    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

    Co-production :

    STUDIOCANAL

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Funny Balloons

    Associate producer :

    Backup Films

    Foreign production companies :

    La Parti Production, Tarantula Luxembourg

    French distribution :

    Mars Distribution

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    About

    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 (14)

    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

    Sales Agent :

    Pape Boye

    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

    Make-up Artist :

    Aurélie Elich

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Thriller

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Belgium

    Original French-language productions :

    Yes

    Nationality :

    Minority French (France, Belgium)

    Production year :

    2004

    French release :

    16/03/2005

    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    108.116

    Visa issue date :

    25/10/2004

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    CinemaScope

    Rating restrictions :

    Under 16

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    News (6)

    Festival Selections (11)

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