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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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Originally, Claude Chabrol was working on a film project on the peasants of the Creuse at the beginning of the twentieth century. After reading the best-seller "Le Cheval d'orgueil: Mémoires d'un Breton du pays bigouden" (The Horse of Pride: Life in a Breton Village) by Pierre-Jakez Helias, he decided to change the location and the history to that of the book which depicts rural Brittany at the beginning of the twentieth century, in the years preceding the First World War. The adaptation, entrusted to Daniel Boulanger, focuses on the autobiographical part and tells the story of Pierre. See more »

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A thoroughly wonderful movie
10 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a thoroughly wonderful movie made, unfortunately, for a steadily shrinking audience. Pier-Jakes Helias' Chevel d'orgueil is not a novel, but a memoire that recounts not just one child's life, but the entire culture in which he lived, inland Brittany (l'Argoat) primarily before World War I. The movie has no plot as such. It is a series of vignettes that illustrate, very well, different aspects of Breton inland life at the time. The dialogue is sometimes in Breton, sometimes in French, depending (largely but not always) on what language the characters would actually have spoken in a given situation.

The unfortunate thing about this very good movie is that it really doesn't explain the culture it presents, it just presents it. As a result, if you are not already familiar with the culture it presents, a lot of it will not mean very much to you. While I generally don't like voice-over commentary, this is one movie that, for most non-Breton viewers, would greatly benefit from one.

So, a wonderful movie. But, I concede, one that will not mean a lot to those not already immersed in inland Breton culture.


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