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Eldorado (2008)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | 1 May 2009 (USA)
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Yvan finds a burglar in his house. He doesn't call the police and decides to give the young man a lift home to his parents.

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Bouli Lanners

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Bouli Lanners
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Credited cast:
Bouli Lanners ... Yvan
Fabrice Adde ... Didier dit Elie
Philippe Nahon ... Le collectionneur
Didier Toupy Didier Toupy ... Le naturiste
Françoise Chichéry Françoise Chichéry ... La maman d'Elie
Stefan Liberski Stefan Liberski ... Le garagiste #1
Baptiste Isaia Baptiste Isaia ... Le garagiste #2
Jean-Jacques Rausin Jean-Jacques Rausin ... Le motard #1
Renaud Rutten Renaud Rutten ... Le motard #2
Jean-Luc Meekers Jean-Luc Meekers ... L'homme du parking
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michaël Abiteboul Michaël Abiteboul
Pauline Denis Pauline Denis
Fanny Deprelle Fanny Deprelle
Marc Joris Marc Joris ... Jésus
Claude Pinchart Claude Pinchart ... Le compagnon d'Alain Delon
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Yvan finds a burglar in his house. After some consideration, Yvan decides not to call the police and to drop the lad near the nearby city but he ends up giving him a lift home to his parents. Together, they travel through Belgium and meet some extraordinary people and find themselves in ditto situations. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Belgium | France

Language:

French

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1 May 2009 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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An otherwise decent, whimsical comedy is ruined by a very disturbing scene of a dog being abused and killed
28 April 2018 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

Eldorado starts out as a quirky, low key comedy along the lines of Jim Jarmusch (Night on Earth, Down by Law). Perhaps slow and uneventful by some people's tastes, but pretty humorous if you let the absurdity soak in. The story is about a couple of unlikely travel buddies who embark on a cross-Belgian roadtrip, alternately showcasing the gorgeous countryside and the bizarre characters they encounter.

But as you can guess by my title, for me and I believe for most American audiences, the film was upstaged by an unsettling sideplot about a dog being brutally killed. After watching the movie, I immediately googled the director trying to figure out why he would include this terrible juxtaposition in an otherwise playful film. You're not going to like what I learned.

According to an interview, this director's hallmark is to use a dog in his films. In this case he decided to use a dead dog. It was not intended as a major plot point but merely to express the contradictions in humans. In the scene, one character says and does something absolutely vile, but (as the director says in the interview) we are supposed to excuse him because he later shows that he is just human because he had a dog once.

Um. No. Perhaps blame it on a trans-Atlantic difference in how we love our dogs, but most civilized Americans will not, under any circumstances, excuse or condone the idea of a dog being tied up, thrown over a bridge, and left to die whimpering.

That's what my title refers to. Immediately I was so sickened by that scene and the characters' blasé reactions, that I lost all respect and empathy for the lot of them. Ultimately, after watching an 85 minute film, I was left wondering why I should care about anyone in the story. Of course this was not the director's intent; I suppose we were supposed to take the jarring scene more in stride. If you're a dog lover, or even a casual fan of animals, I guarantee you'll be very put off by the unnecessary brutality of that scene. I sure hope they didn't use a real dog (though it looked like they did).


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