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Congorama

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Michel, son of a paralyzed writer, husband to a Congolese refugee and father of a future tennis champion, is an erratic Belgian inventor misunderstood by his employer. At age 41, he learns he's been adopted and was in fact birthed secretly in a Quebec barn, in Sainte-Cecile. In the summer of the year two thousand, Michel goes to Sainte-Cecile, a sleepy village that soon makes him want to run bock home. There, he meets a man who drives an anachronistic hybrid car. On their way back to Montreal, an accident will change their lives forever as well as the very future of the automotive industry. Welcome to Congorama. The DVD includes the original French version with option for English subtitles, deleted scenes, and 4 documentaries.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Olivier Gourmet, Paul Ahmarani, Jean-Pierre Cassel
  • Directors: Philippe Falardeau
  • Format: Dolby, Import, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Christal
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDFFPE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,450 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This trans-Atlantic comedy is an oddly unpredictable mix of story elements and characters that takes us from Belgium to Quebec and back again. The Congo and two World's Fairs figure into the plot, as do missing plans for an electric car, an emu, a solar-powered lawnmower, two restaurant owners (one of them a schoolbus driver with an arm in a cast), lousy French fries and bad coffee, a diamond chip lodged behind someone's left eye, a stroke-immobilized novelist, a village where everyone is named Legros, a birthmark in the shape of Africa, a man in a coma, and so on. The story starts "two years ago," and not only once but twice.

The thread of a narrative that holds it all together is the effort of a not-too-successful Belgian inventor to find his Canadian birth parents after discovering in middle age that he's adopted. What he finds along the way is far more than he bargained for. Off-the-wall and enjoyable.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Kao on May 26, 2010
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I buy movies for the local Alliance Francaise, and this is one. It's Belgian/Quebec about a Belgian inventor who uses a sales trip to Quebec to search for his roots after he learns he was adopted from a young Quebec woman after he was born. While there, he discovers an invention that had never been developed, and he developes it in Belgium. Although he never discovers his family, we do.
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