Official Selection — 2005 Tribeca Film Festival;
Winner — FIPRESCI Prize, 2004 London Film Festival
Winner — Best Belgian Actor, 2004 Plateau Awards
This one-of-a-kind gem has left critics trying to trace its roots in everything from Jacques Tati for its hilarious visual wit to Bad Santa for making comic protagonists out of an ill-tempered pair who make everyone else miserable. Gus (Gustave Kervern) is a hot-under-the-white-collar manager and his neighbor Ben (Benoît Delépine) is a slovenly, lazy farmer. Their mutual loathing leads to a brawl in the midst of which they are crushed under the mechanism of Ben's tractor, and left paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of their lives. Condemned to each other's company, as well as to wheelchairs, they set off on an odyssey of revenge, determined to get reparations from the manufacturer - Finnish-based “Aaltra” - of the equipment they blame for their fate. The film's intransigent wit and mordant humor are close cousins to the work of a famed Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki who turns in a cameo appearance in the final sequence. Co-directors and co-stars Delépine and Kervern met while working at Canal Plus on a television show called Grolandsat. After collaborating on several sketches, the two began work on this absurdist road movie which became a surprise hot ticket on the international festival circuit. — Peter Scarlet
“…one of the funniest black comedies in some time.” — Time Out New York
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