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Aaltra (2004)

Cast: Benoit Delepine, Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kervern, more...
Director: Benoit Delepine, Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kervern, more...
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Studio: Film Movemement
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Independent, France, Film Movement
Running Time: 92 min.

Synopsis
Comedians Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern, who wrote, directed, and co-star in this irreverent road movie, show a distinct flair for understated physical comedy and defiantly non-PC humor.

Rural neighbors who hate each other come to blows one day on a farm and get tangled up in an agricultural tractor, leaving them both paralyzed, wheelchair-bound, and simmering with spite. But rather than feel sorry for themselves, the embittered paraplegics decide to seek revenge against the tractor's manufacturer. They take to the road, redirecting their frustrations with their plights towards the people they meet on the way to Helsinki. Captured in sharp black-and-white Cinemascope photography that complements its exquisite Tati-like sight gags, Aaltra undermines conventional attitudes toward the disabled with its dry wit and acerbic, vengeful characters. Look for some recognizable cameos, including famous Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki.




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