Les Convoyeurs Attendent

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In this deadpan comedy, a lowly small town journalist (Poelvoorde, from Man Bites Dog) decides to improve his family's lot by training up his understandably reluctant teenage son to break the world record for the number of times a door can be opened in 24 hours. At once gently affectionate and wittily unsentimental about the mundane textures of provincial life - the title refers to a wonderful scene involving racing pigeons - it is sometimes incautiously courageous in touching on darker issues than normally find their way into comedy(death, child abuse, loneliness, unwanted pregnancy). Displaying that genuinely quirky originality often found only in Belgian cinema at its best, the film is sometimes so funny it's quite painful to watch.

Release details

Rated: 15
Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Benoît Mariage
Screenwriter: Benoît Mariage
Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde
Morgane Simon
Bouli Lanners
Dominique Baeyens
Philippe Grand'Henry
Jean-François Devigne
Lisa Lacroix
Philippe Nahon
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