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by Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern


Two neighbours live opposite each other on a country road somewhere in Northern France. They hate each other and life for them is nothing but a daily painful confrontation. One day, in the course of a violent dispute, an agricultural trailer knocks them over and sends them to hospital. They are both released, in wheelchairs, paralysed from the waist down. Giving up on the idea of suicide, they each decide to embark on a personal journey. However, before they know it, they both end up on the same railway platform, waiting for the same train. Neighbours once again, for better or for worse. An odd and unpredictable odyssey then starts, taking them all the way to Finland where they intend to obtain financial compensation from the manufacturers of the agricultural machinery responsible for their accident. These two wheelchair-bound travellers will somehow live an initiatory journey, in search of one’s "neighbour".

international title: Aaltra
original title: Aaltra
country: Belgium
sales agent: Funny Balloons
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
film run: 90'
release date: DE 4/05/2006, FR 13/10/2004
screenplay: Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
cast: Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern, Jan Bucquoy, Pierre Carles, Jason Flemyng, Aki Kaurismäki, Benoît Poelvoorde, Bouli Lanners, Vincent Tavier
cinematography by: Hugues Poulain, Jackson Elizondo
film editing: Anne-Laure Guégan
producer: Vincent Tavier, Guillaume Malandrin, Isabelle Girard
production: La Parti Production, Moviestream (BE), OF2B production (BE)
distributor: Weltecho (DE), Ad Vitam (FR), Atalanta (PT)
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