Eldorado | Chicago Reader

Eldorado

Belgian writer-director Bouli Lanners puts a fresh spin on the buddy road movie with this offbeat 2008 comedy, starring as an auto importer of questionable integrity. One night he finds a young junkie (Fabrice Adde) has broken into his house, but the burglar is so inept that the older man takes pity and drives him home to the French border. Traveling side roads, they develop a tentative friendship as they encounter a scary psychic and car enthusiast (Philippe Nahon of I Stand Alone), a nudist camper, and an abandoned Doberman--bizarre situations that Lanners invests with a tinge of sadness and benevolence. To his credit, he avoids a formulaic ending, reflecting instead on the impermanence of human connections and the inescapable baggage of the self. In French with subtitles.

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