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Eldorado (2009)

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Two unlikely characters are brought together under equally unlikely circumstances in this eccentric road comedy from Belgian auteur Bouli Lanners. Yvan (Lanners) is an auto salesman who makes a good living dealing in American luxury cars. One evening, Yvan comes home to discover a burglar has made his way into his home, and a quick search reveals the criminal, Elie (Fabrice Adde), is hiding under his bed. Elie claims to have a weapon, but Yvan is convinced he's bluffing, and when the thief finally emerges he turns out to be a junkie who is feeling the first stages of withdrawal. Yvan feels more pity than anger toward Elie, and when he discovers the would-be criminal doesn't have enough money to get home, Yvan offers to give Elie a lift to his parents' house. However, Yvan's car breaks down en route, and the Good Samaritan who helps him fix it insists on having a few drinks with Yvan and Elie, leaving Yvan intoxicated and sleepy. When Yvan drifts off while driving, he ends up wrecking his car, and he and Elie are soon at the mercy of a two strangers in a camper. Eldorado was screened as pat of the Directors' Fortnight series at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
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NR
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Art House & International , Comedy , Documentary , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Cast

Fabrice Adde
as Didier dit Elie
Didier Toupy
as The naturist Alain Delon
Philippe Nahon
as The Collector
Françoise Chichéry
as Elie's Mother
Renaud Rutten
as A biker #2
Stefan Liberski
as A mechanic #1
Baptiste Isaia
as A mechanic #2
Jean-Jacques Rausin
as A biker #1
Jean-Luc Meekers
as The car distributor
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Critic Reviews for Eldorado

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (9)

Bob Hope and Bing Crosby they're not. But director-actor Bouli Lanners and costar Fabrice Adde are on a comedy road to Eldorado, even if it takes place in a flat patch of mostly deserted Belgian landscape rather than some Hollywood Shangri-La.

Full Review… | July 30, 2009
Boston Globe
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Eldorado was named best European film in the directors' fortnight last year at Cannes.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
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Avoids a formulaic ending, reflecting instead on the impermanence of human connections and the inescapable baggage of the self.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Chicago Reader
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Eldorado is fueled by the chemistry between Lanners and Adde. They're so good together, they should make a sequel.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
New York Post
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A road movie that poignantly juggles absurdism and melancholy.

May 1, 2009
New York Times
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Small but damn-near perfectly formed serio-comedy.

Full Review… | April 30, 2009
Variety
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Audience Reviews for Eldorado

½

The story is not particularly moving or original, but it's a well made movie, reminiscent or American road movies (especially considering the car models), but taking place in Belgium.

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

I rather enjoyed this film. I thought what the two lead characters went through to get to Elie's parent's house was a hilarious adventure. Really didn't expect half of what happened in the film at all. It is a bit of a slow movie, but worth watching.

Dallas Grant
Dallas Grant

A twisted road film. I found this hilarious, but the humor is very subtle. great soundtrack too.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

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