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Belgium-based comedy/performance trio Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, and Bruno Romy follow their acclaimed comedies L’iceberg and Rumba with another hilariously odd slapstick romp inspired by such trailblazers of physical comedy as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati: this time, it’s a delightfully off-kilter adventure about a mild-mannered hotel clerk who falls in love with a wish-granting fairy. Utterly enchanted with one another, this peculiar couple embarks on a frantic romp around Le Havre, involving themselves in such wild escapades as a rescue operation at a hospital, a whirlwind pregnancy and a bacchanal with a female rugby team, to name just a few. With sparse dialogue, clever camera work, and intricately choreographed stunts (as well as some wild dance numbers), this wonderfully unique and heartfelt comedy seems to have been born without a cynical bone in its body. Directors/stars Abel, Gordon and Romy rely upon their expressive, rubber-limbed performances to do the heavy lifting on this cavalcade of sight gags, creating an inspired physical comedy filled with both modern filmmaking flair and affectionate nods to the masters of classic slapstick. (Dir. by Dominique Abel , Fiona Gordon & Bruno Romy, 2012, Belgium/France, in French with English subtitles, 93 min., Not Rated, Kino Lorber) HD Digital Presentation