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Calvaire in March

Tartan Video have announced the UK DVD release of Calvaire (aka The Ordeal) for 27th March 2006 priced at £19.99. Setting off for a Christmas Day booking and leaving behind a host of broken-hearted women, cabaret singer Marc Stephens (Laurent Lucas) gets stranded in a desolate forest. He encounters Boris searching for his dog, and with his help, finds a nearby hotel. The owner, Bartel, welcomes the company, having been on his own since his wife’s disappearance. But despite his plans to help fix Marc’s van, Bartel seems reluctant to let him go and turns him into a prisoner, dressing him in his ex-wife’s clothes. Furthermore, Marc becomes a victim of a series of humiliating and increasingly brutal rituals. If Christmas can be hell for most of us, for him it literally is. Then there are the equally disturbing villagers to deal with too, and not a woman amongst them. Marc’s ordeal has only just begun.

With echoes of The League of Gentlemen, Deliverance and Funny Games, Frabrice du Weltz has created a disturbingly surreal, darkly comic horror. Sparce with dialogue and heavy with menace and atmosphere, CALVAIRE produces a deliciously Gothic nightmare that builds its tension with admirable skill and Du Weltz seems to relish the extreme situations he puts his leading man through – the affable Laurent Lucas (Who Killed Bambi? Harry, He’s Here To Help, Dans Ma Peau).

Evoking similar nightmares to Misery and Wolf Creek, Belgium filmmaker Du Weltz represents the same offbeat European vision of horror trends that is also evident in the work of Gaspar Noe, a comparison helped by the use of Noe’s actors Philppe Nohan (Seul Conte Tous) and Jo Prestia (Irreversible) and the same crisp cinematography of Benoît Debie (Irreversible; Innocence).

Features include:

  • Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
  • DD5.1 & DTS 5.1 Surround
  • Short Film: A Wonderful Love (21:38mins)
  • Tartan exclusive interview with director Fabrice Du Weltz (26:35mins)
  • Trailer

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