Adoration

Adoration (2019)

Following Calvaire (2004) and Alléluia (2014), Adoration is the third and final film in Fabrice du Welz‘s so-called Ardennes Trilogy, loosely unified by their Belgian backwoods setting, the religious associations of their titles, the presence of actor Laurent Lucas, and a shared theme of amour fou, Here the infatuated party is 12-year-old Paul (Thomas Gioria),…

Alléluia

Alléluia (2014)

Alléluia first published by Sight & Sound, October 2014 Review: “Did you see it? The pain in Bogart’s eyes… Exactly, you see nothing. Yet he was consumed by the crab. Cancer of the oesophagus. He never complained. Never a word about the mosquitoes, the heat, nothing. Absolute respect for Humphrey.” The speaker is Michel (Laurent…

Interview: Fabrice du Welz on Calvaire, Vinyan and Alleluia (2014)

Interview first published by Film4 Belgian writer/director Fabrice du Welz is associated with horror, but rarely follows the genre rules. His debut Calvaire (2004) is a darkly comic Christmas cracker about a young chanteur trapped in a strange all-male community in the Belgian backwoods, and his most recent film Alleluia (2014) relocates the true story…

Alleluia (2014)

Review first published by Film4 Descriptive synopsis: Fabrice du Welz follows up Calvaire and Vinyan with a tale of murderous lovers, drawn from a real-life story. Review: “I help people do something essential, find the shoe made for their foot.” The speaker is Michel (Laurent Lucas), a well-groomed charmer out on an internet date with…

Vinyan

Vinyan (2008)

Vinyan first published by Little White Lies The films of Fabrice Du Welz occupy an uneasy borderline that makes them difficult to pin down (and no doubt even more difficult to market). His striking 2004 debut Calvaire, for example, used elements familiar from Deliverance-style survival horror to create a mythic meditation on performance and passion. His…

Calvaire (The Ordeal) (2004)

Review first published by EyeForFilm After winning the hearts of his adoring audience at a nursing home, two-bit cabaret singer Marc (Laurent Lucas) is heading south for a Christmas gala when his van breaks down in the bleak backwoods of Belgium. There he is guided by dog-seeking local Boris (Jean-Luc Couchard) to the nearest inn,…