RADIANCE FILMS BLU RAY RELEASE: Fill ’er Up with Super (1976)

Directed by Alain Cavalier, Fill ‘Er Up with Super is the story of Klouk (Bernard Crombey), a young auto salesman who has to cancel a vacation with his wife so that he can personally deliver a Chevrolet station wagon to a rich owner on the Riviera. He decides to make it a more fun trip by inviting his friend Philippe (Xavier Saint-Macary) and picking up a two other men on the road by the names of Charles (Etienne Chico) and Daniel (Patrick Bouchitey).

All four of these actors were friends and along with Cavalier, they wrote this film and filmed it on the road, away from the studio, with the freedom to make it be about anything they wanted. The guys really aren’t going anywhere in life or on this journey, but it’s times exactly those kinds of voyages teach you who you are and where you may end up. It’s an exploration of what makes these men, well, men, as they ride inside a giant symbol of masculine American virtue, a gas guzzling car that has to seem out of place as they drive through the small towns on their way from the north to the south of France, from Lille to the Cote d’Azut.

The Radiance Films blu ray release of this movie has a 2K restoration of the film from the original negative. three short films with the cast directed by Cavalier; an interview with Bernard Crombey; an appreciation of Fill ‘Er Up with Super by Cahiers du Cinema deputy editor Charlotte Garson; newly translated English subtitles; a reversible sleeve featuring designs based on original posters and a limited Edition booklet featuring new writing on the film. You can get it from MVD.

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