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Film Review: Calvaire (2004)
Calvaire (2004). Co-written and directed by Fabrice Du Welz. Marc Stevens (Laurent Lucas) is a struggling singer who has resorted to making a living by performing at old folks homes and the like. While performing at one of the homes he's awkwardly propositioned by one of the women staying there. When he rejects her advances she leaves in an upset state. He's then propositioned by one of the staff, and he tries to make a desperate escape in his van. I could describe Calvaire as the Belgian Deliverance or Misery, but there's more to it than that. The story is a psychological thriller, which slowly builds when Marc's van breaks down later on in a remote area. It's pretty grim and frightening viewing in places, so not for the sensitive. There are some great and bizarre performances, including Laurent Lucas. Recommended for fans of more twisted thrillers. 4/5 (Good)