Aaltra (English Subtitled) R

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(14) IMDb 7.1/10

Featuring famous Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki, this irreverent road movie follows 2 embittered neighbors as they use their wheelchairs to blaze a path of vengeance. Belgium. French w/Eng. subtitles. Winner - 2 Belgian Oscars.

Starring:
Benoît Delépine, Gustave de Kervern
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

Aaltra (English Subtitled)

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International, Comedy
Director Gustave de Kervern, Benoît Delépine
Starring Benoît Delépine, Gustave de Kervern
Supporting actors Michel de Gavre, Gérard Condejean, Isabelle Delépine, Pierre Ghenassia, Fred Martin, Jan Bucquoy, Pierre Carles, Céline Normand, Martine Peigné, Carine Liénard, Nathalie Carpentier, Dada Avrel, Jean-Michel Carlier, Laurent Galvez, Vincent Belorgey, Christine Grulois, Geneviève Rotinckx, Abdelaziz Bachaou
Studio Film Movement
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

It's well worth finding a copy.
Gagewyn
All of that, and the fact that this is about two stupid men who put themselves in wheelchairs in the first place.
E. Hernandez
A must see for anyone in film, or, anyone who wants to enjoy a good flick.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gagewyn on June 12, 2007
Format: DVD
Aaltra follows two neighboring men, one a farmer and one a telecommuting business man who lives for motocross. They have a bit of a feud going on, which culminates in a fistfight on the farmer's Aaltra tractor and both men being paralyzed from the waist down. The farmer directss his bitterness at the tractor that paralyzed them both and sets off for Finland to find the factory. The business man decides to go across Europe and watch motocross competitions. They both leave for their trips the same day and their paths keep crossing, much to the chagrin of each, until they finally begin to travel together.

This movie was laugh out loud funny for me. It pokes fun at society all the way through. The two men are both unpleasant. When their wallets are stolen the farmer attempts to mug passersby, while the business man attempts to block parked vehicles and charge a fee to get out of the way. One even steals an old lady's motorized wheelchair. They use their wheelchair bound status to stay overnight with a German family as it dawns on the family that they are being milked for free beers.

Other reviews talk about slow pacing. I didn't find this to be the case. There are long shots, but for a reason. For example, long shots of the German family watching the men eat, as the men snap it up and the family grows increasingly pissed off but tries to be polite. There is always something going on.

This is the most hilarious movie I have seen in a while. It's well worth finding a copy. Since it's pricey here, get it on interlibrary loan if you are just curious.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Margaux Paschke VINE VOICE on July 10, 2008
Format: DVD
This little known gem of a French movie is dark yet funny. We are introduced to two neighbors who do not like each other too much, but then, most people don't seem to like them either. An accident occurs while they are arguing and they are both paralyzed. Their disability did not make them better people. They decide to go to Aaltra (a factory in Finland) to make them pay for producing faulty tractors, the cause of their accident and so their roadtrip begins....

The men are robbed while waiting for the next train and now, have no way of getting to Finland. They decide to try and take advantage of being disabled with hilarious to demeaning results. This movie showed the full spectrum of the their new "disabled" life. People can be cruel to them and they are cruel back but they do manage to laugh and make the audience laugh as well. Throughout it all, the two men remain focused on their goal - Aaltra, Finland.

They do manage to get to Aaltra but I cannot give the end away without ruining the movie. This road trip to Aaltra was sorta like the yellow brick road to their personal salvation, which they do receive but not in the way they expected. I can not recommend this movie enough if you don't mind subtitles (minor note, I wonder why the subtitles were a little off when foul language was used). It is an extraordinary film. Although it won a few awards at the lesser Film Festivals, it deserved better distribution and maybe the dvd will allow this movie the greater audience it deserves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bridget Cumpston on January 16, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Happy with the order. I give it a five star. Thank you. Great movie. Enjoyed it very much. Altra dvd
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Armden on May 22, 2012
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Aaltra is an offbeat and very funny twist on an on-the-road movie. Two not-so-friendly neighbors are brought together by an accident that catapults them on to a shared journey with an unexpected ending.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By  R I Z Z O  VINE VOICE on January 22, 2010
Format: DVD
Although this comedy was made in 2004, it is shot in black and white. In a French town, Gus (Gustave Kervern) is a farmer and a slacker while neighbor Ben (Benoît Delépine) has his own problems with his marriage and his love of the motorcross racing. The two despise each other. During a physical confrontation between the two, a freak accident occurs. The two men end up in the hospital together, both paralyzed and are resigned to wheelchairs. They embark on a 2,000 mile journey to Finland to sue the company Aaltra which makes the tractor involved in the accident.

It may be slightly confusing during the introduction to their dilemna, but the majority of the film takes place after the accident, Moreoften, hitchhiking is the method of travel. It is a long journey and the people they encounter along the way provide some amusing scenes.

There is not a lot of dialogue, the subtitles are easy to read. English is frequently used, and French/Belgium are the languages. At times, you may think translation is missing, but it is not, it has to do with the storyline. The stiff dry humor is black comedy, from subtle to downright hilarious scenes. One scene in particular is when Ben takes off on motorcross bike while the owner is furious and with the usual profanity in English, shouting "you give people in wheelchairs a bad name." Another is listening to a man sing the popular 60's hit "Sonny" in a karoake bar.

Comedians who play the lead characters, Gus and Ben wrote and directed the movie. The movie is presented by Film Movement, an organization that distributes fine foreign film that focuses on good acting, good writing and directing. .... This film won several film festival awards. See it! ... Rizzo
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