Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Aaltra (2004)
Starring: Gustave Kervern, Benoît Delphine

Aaltra is a brilliant, surreal and politically incorrect Belgian road movie. Ben Vives is a disgruntled commuter, more interested in professional motocross than in getting his lonely wife pregnant. Gus is a lazy farmhand. Both are stubborn, selfish, hopeless, petty, rude and barely likeable - and they also just happen to be next door neighbours, locked in a seemingly endless feud of minor disagreements and escalating mean-spiritedness. One day, when this causes Ben to lose his job and come back early to discover his wife in bed with another man. Furious, he drives up to the farm hand in the middle of a field and starts a fist fight which ends in the harvester. Ben and Gus wake up together at the hospital, both with useless legs. It seems they're doomed to stay together from now on ...

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