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Jacques Dufilho ...
Alain, le grand-père
Bernadette Le Saché ...
Anne-Marie, la mère
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Pierre-Alain, le père
Paul Le Person ...
Gourgon, le facteur
Pierre Le Rumeur ...
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Ronan Hubert ...
Pierre-Jacques à 7 ans
Armel Hubert ...
Pierre-Jacques à 11 ans
Dominique Lavanant ...
Marie-Jeanne, la sage-femme
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Corentin Calvez
Georges Wilson ...
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Jean-Claude Bouillaud
Laurence Caubet
Jacques Chailleux ...
Jeannot les mille métiers
Odile Chapal
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In early twentieth-century Brittany, two peasants marry, have a son, and live in traditional Breton ways: three generations under one roof, a division of labor between the sexes, elders' stories at night, politics and religion during their little free time. Times are hard: la Chienne du Monde drives some to suicide; Ankou (death) is close at hand. Pierre is born into this republican family, his lyric childhood interrupted by the outbreak of war and his father's conscription. He learns his catechism and, as a child of a Reds, also reveres school. His grandfather and father often put him on their shoulders, giving him a ride on the horse of pride. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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THE HORSE OF PRIDE (Claude Chabrol, 1980) **
17 June 2010 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Though I watched this in French, without the benefit of subtitles even in that language, I have to say that it emerges as the least Chabrol ever! While occasionally changing tack completely from the thrillers he was best-known (and admired) for, this pastoral drama in a period setting was as far removed from his 'comfort zone' as could be imagined.

Consequently, it is hard to fathom what the director thought he was doing here or intended in the first place – given that the end result is plot less, excruciatingly dull and comes with an obscure title to boot! Maybe Chabrol was after some prestigious award, which were not so freely handed out to the essentially commercial fare he usually dabbled in.

Anyway, what we get is an irrefutably meticulous and reasonably affectionate recreation of a particular past era – Brittany at the time of WWI – but, in spite of its (expected) appealing photography, at almost two hours, the documentary approach is positively deadening. The simple events in the daily life of the inhabitants hardly elicit a response from the viewer, other than as a waste of time alas. Frankly, the image that has stuck with me a week after viewing this is the fact that, for no discernible reason, the peasants involved sleep in hanging cupboards!


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