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Jean Macquart - un ouvrier agricole
Germaine Rouer ...
Françoise
Jean Hervé ...
Louis Buteau
Émile Mylo ...
Hyacinthe dit Jésus-Christ (as Milo)
Berthe Bovy ...
La Trouille
Jeanne Briey ...
Lise
Jeanne Grumbach ...
La Cognette
Emile Desjardins ...
Un berger
Max Charlier ...
Becu
René Hiéronimus ...
Nenesse
Armand Numès
Léon Malavier
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As Jean is walking across the countryside in search of work, he helps and befriends a young woman, Françoise, who is having trouble controlling the cow that she is leading. Jean finds work at a local farm, but he soon finds himself caught in the middle of the conflicts in Françoise's family. Her uncle Fouan has just decided to divide everything that he has amongst his two sons and his daughter, hoping that he can then spend the rest of his life at ease. But the details of the division only create bitterness, rivalry, and intrigue. Written by Snow Leopard

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The mark of The Nauturalism Movement in film...
7 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The late 1800's - early 1900's saw author Emile Zola turn the masses toward the intrigue of telling stories about the real and everyday lives of the common, and at those times, vial side of life. His slap at the over-acted and over-fantasized tales inspired both painter and film maker. Not surprising that director Antoine made this post WWI adaptation (one of two Zola film projects he brought to film) as he might be considered, through these vehicles, as the man who brought realism to the screen. Many constituents were opposed to this style.

Notice the barren and flat landscapes of France that rival even Kansas and Nebraska. Could there be a connection between the desolation and the characters' desperation and neediness? Check out the "ovalness" of the female characters and their over-layered manner of dress. As in many European silent films, facial expression and body language, at a premium.

The restoration version of this film has a concert-worthy, and an enchanting score with the balance of instruments such as the bass clarinet, violin, flute and percussion....beautifully recorded and synced tightly. Tres Bon!


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