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Congorama (2006)

Cast: Olivier Gourmet, Olivier Gourmet, Paul Ahmarani, more...
Director: Philippe Falardeau, Philippe Falardeau
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Studio: Facets
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Coming of Age , Dysfunctional Families, Quest, Road Movies, Canada
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Two men who live in different nations on different continents discover how closely their fates have followed the same path in this drama from filmmaker Philippe Falardeau. Belgian engineer Michel Roy (Olivier Gourmet) looks after his ailing father Herve (Jean-Pierre Cassel) with the help of his wife Alice (Claudia Tagbo) and son Jules (Arnaud Mouithys). One day, Herve decides to share a long-held secret with his son -- Michel was actually adopted, and he was born to a poor family in Canada. Hoping to learn the truth about his birth parents, Michel flies to Quebec and makes his way to Sainte-Cecile, a farming community where Herve says he might find the truth about his heritage. After visiting with a priest sympathetic to his dilemma, Michel meets Louis Legros (Paul Ahmarani), whose electric auto sparks a conversation which leads to a fast friendship between them. As the narrative turns back to examine Louis' life and his efforts to publicize the work and theories of his father, a brilliant but little-known scientist, we see that Michel and Louis have been following similar paths throughout their lives, from unconventional births in Canada to a shared connection with the Congo. Congorama received its world premier at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, where it was screened as part of the Directors Fortnight series. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


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Lovely Complex Multinational Drama by jmwagner66 January 27, 2012 - 5:31 PM PST
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I loved this comic (darkly comic) study of people and motives and truth. Once you see the end, it's good to watch it again with the new information. The whole story is revealing of how belief or perception is what people operate on, not truth as we never know the whole truth. It doesn't matter whether we can, we simply don't.




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May the Road Trip Rise Up to Meet You
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A list of road trip movies!
Cinenaut
Cannes Film Festival & More - 2006
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Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
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