A FILM BY: Fabrice du Welz
WRITTEN BY: Romain Protat, Fabrice du Welz
STARRING: Laurent Lucas, Brigitte Lahaie, Gigi Coursigny
After finishing his gig at a retirement home, traveling singer Marc Stevens heads back on the road. It’s just before Christmas, the weather is terrible and his van breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Luckily there’s a remote village nearby and the local innkeeper offers him shelter. His wife has supposedly gone missing and now the village is populated entirely by men.
Sharing the gritty aesthetics and true grit of its ‘70s predecessors, from Deliverance to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, du Welz’s feature debut is a brutal, but astute, unique and distinctly Belgique take on survivalist urbanoia. A “final boy” stranded in the Belgian backwoods. A dark and twisted parable of need and desire. This is the sort of film that will slowly creep beneath your skin without you realizing it, until you find yourself trapped in its truly terrifying and soul-shaking conclusion....and by then it's too late.
In French with English subtitles
“Even in the Not Your Average Plot Department, Calvaire is a standout as a genre-bending European artsploitation riff on the 1970’s American survivalist horror film. The cast and crew of Calvaire (a.k.a. The Ordeal) reads like a veritable rogue’s gallery of infamous perpetrators of dark, French cinema. Beautifully shot on gloriously grainy super 16mm by Benoît Debie (Irreversible, Spring Breakers), produced by Vincent Tavier (Man Bites Dog screenwriter), with a cameo by the legendary Brigitte Lahaie (Jean Rollin's Fascination) and starring Philippe Nahon (Haute Tension), Calvaire proves that the French (with the help of the Belgians) earned their place at the forefront of the horror genre.” – Stuart F. Andrews, Rue Morgue’s 100 Alternative Horror Films
Production Year: 2004
Country of Origin: Belgium
Run Time: 88 mins