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The Return of Martin Guerre (1982)

Le retour de Martin Guerre (original title)
In medieval France, some villagers challenge a man's claim of identity when he (as he says) returns home from some time in the army.

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Arnaud de Tihl
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Bertrande de Rols
Maurice Barrier ...
Uncle Pierre Guerre
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ...
Martin Guerre
Isabelle Sadoyan ...
Catherine Boëre
Rose Thiéry ...
Raimonde de Rols
Chantal Deruaz ...
Jeanne
Maurice Jacquemont ...
Judge Rieux
Roger Planchon ...
Jean de Coras
Francis Arnaud
Philippe Babin ...
Jacques
Axel Bogousslavsky
Valérie Chassigneux ...
Guillemette
Neige Dolsky
Adrien Duquesne ...
Sanxi Guerre
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During the middle of the 16th century, Martin Guerre returns to his village in southwestern France, after being away in the war for almost a decade. The villagers who knew him as a young man suspect he is not Martin, but he seems to know all about his friends, his family and his wife, even the most unusual things. Is this man really Martin Guerre? Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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see in preference to Sommersby
24 July 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This definitive version of the story of Martin Guerre (remade in English with Richard Gere and Jodie Foster as 'Sommersby'; and musicalised in a misguided version by Boublil and Schoenberg) is amongst French actor Gérard Depardieu's greatest roles. As the bluff, romantic, sensitive soldier who returns to the village after years away (or does he?) he manages to provoke all sorts of reactions from his other on-screen characters as well as the film's audience.

As Bernadette de Rols, the wife seeking love and companionship, Nathalie Baye is superb; while a large and talented cast give flesh to the remaining characters. I defy anyone to see this adaptation and not be moved by it; try and see in the cinema, where it undoubtedly has more power than on a small screen; and avoid the version dubbed into English. 'Le Retour de Martin Guerre' need to survive with its language and poetry intact.


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