Congorama

Synopsis: Michel, the Belgian son of a paralyzed writer, husband of a Congolese refugee, and father of a future tennis champion, is an erratic inventor misunderstood by his employer. At age 41, he learns that he was born secretly in a barn in Québec, in the town of Sainte-Cécile, and given up for adoption shortly afterward. In the summer of 2000, Michel goes there and finds a sleepy village that soon makes him want to run back home. There, he meets a man who drives a car with a technologically advanced hybrid engine. On their way back to Montréal, an accident changes their lives forever, and what is uncovered will challenge the very future of the automotive industry. Welcome to "Congorama."
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Philippe Falardeau
Production: Christal Films
  5 wins & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.1
Rotten Tomatoes:
38%
Year:
2006
105 min
7 Views

Two years earlier

LlGE, BELGlUM

Dear Dad:
Like father, like son,

they say.

This is crap.

Jeez, what's he doing there?

Dear Dad.. .

On this day when.. .

Belgium's French community

is celebrating your work,

l'm proud to be your son.

Not bad.

Come on!

How are you, Dad?

What is it?

ls this your speech?

l can't read it.

A Tupolev 144?

lt's crashing into a cat.

You forgot the flaps

on the cockpit.

Can you read it, Jules?

For.. .

For 31 years.. .

Do me a favour? Copy it out for me.

Hi, darling.

Will you take this to 4?

You have to close up!

Mike will handle it.

For the refugees on Rue de Boissy.

l'll change.

You grab your newjacket.

Bloody buildings!

You ok, Dad?

Last one.

There.

Easy does it.

''With their love,

l'll follow my part.. .

''l mean, MY path

''with great humility.

And, as the proverb says.. .

''The cellar is empty,

but not the tree.

My desire to work is still strong."

Dad knows many Congolese proverbs.

l remember one he told me

when l was knee-high.

A father always passes his nose

on to his son.

Which means, we see eye to eye.

So, that's it.

''Thank you everyone.

With great affection, Herv."

Dear Dad, l'd like to take

this opportunity.. .

Yes, come up Mr Mayor,

honoured guests.. .

What can l say?

Bravo, Dad.

What flag is it?

French?

l don't know.

Dutch!

l don't see it.

-At the back.

Red, white, blue. Holland.

Up there.

Right.

Hard!

No, follow through.

Don't listen to him. Do as l say.

Harder!

Give it all you've got. Harder!

Look, l told you,

either you call them or l do.

On the court,

l think it's me, alright?

Come on, kill it!

lt's not too bad.

Will Grandpa play tennis again?

No, he'll never play tennis again.

Of course you fell.

The key thing in tennis

is tying your laces properly.

Ok, let's go.

Mr Collignon bought

a losing operation.

l modernised, and we're now Belgium's

largest roadsign manufacturer.

Excuse me a minute.

lsn't Mr Collignon here?

He's busy right now.

But if you have questions

about our 3 Lige plants, fire away.

This is my lab. Our research

is in mechanics, electronics.. .

We test all the new products here.

You're some kind of do-it-all.

l'm some kind of engineer.

l have free rein

in developing new contracts.

What's this?

-lt's not yet patented.

People want pictures,

notjust words.

Well, come over here.

What is it?

A solar turtle.

Good, Jules.

lt's a solar-powered,

robotic lawnmower.

Go ahead, take a photo.

lt's intriguing.

But my husband mows the lawn

for exercise.

lt mows non-stop, unattended.

Shall we go?

Go ahead. l'll catch up.

How are Alice and Jules?

Well, thanks.

Michel, l'm shutting down your lab.

Four years of research, for what?

For what?

The de-icer is almost ready.

De-icer?

Germain, look beyond Belgium.

We need to crack new markets.

Patience, work.. .

Money! l'm your employer,

not your patron.

You're number 1 when it comes

to modernising facilities.

But inventing isn't your cup of tea.

-You mean yours.

What about customers, markets?

You've got 2 months to sell

one of your inventions.

Or?

-You're back on the floor.

lf not for your dad,

who gave me African contracts,

l'd have bailed long ago.

That was centuries ago.

Herv's doing just fine!

lt's kind of you to ask.

Stop by some evening.

Stay off the green, Michel.

That's cheap.

Just like you.

Guess who?

Do you want to play now?

A woman?

A man?

A shrimp? Spineless? Filthy rich?

Germain Collignon?

That's not how you play.

Stop it. Sit down.

l'm not hungry.

Sorry, Jules.

What's he like?

Tall?

Will my hair be like yours some day?

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