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The Ordeal(Calvaire)

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Belgium, France, Luxembourg · 2005
Rated PG-13 · 1h 28m
Director Fabrice Du Welz
Starring Laurent Lucas, Brigitte Lahaie, Gigi Coursigny, Jackie Berroyer
Genre Horror

A traveling singer is on his way home for Christmas when his van breaks down in the middle of a strange town. He is taken in by an affable yet creepy innkeeper who is psychologically fragile from his separation from his wife — and things take a violent, sadistic turn.

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San Francisco Chronicle by

What sells this movie is the realistic attention to detail and the bravura direction of Fabrice Du Welz, who draws a gut-wrenching performance from Lucas, who cries, squeals and screams with the best of them.


Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

It takes so long to get going and fails to generate the necessary suspense to keep viewers engaged, that the horrific final act is too little, too late, while at the same time nearly being much too much.


Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

The movie hardly has enough beef on its bones to make a meal. The very notion that movies about torture are considered "horror," and are more profitable now per foot of celluloid than any other type of independent film, is what's qualmy.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Director-co-writer Fabrice du Welz has taken a clichéd premise and infused it with a stylish perversity that should have horror fans squealing with delight.

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