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Michel Blanc ...
René Gaigneux
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Léopold Lajeunesse
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Archambaud
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Watrin
Gérard Desarthe ...
Maxime Loin
Michel Galabru ...
Monglat
Danièle Lebrun ...
Mme Archambaud
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Jourdan
Daniel Prévost ...
Rochard
Yves Afonso ...
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Myriam Boyer ...
Mme Gaigneux
Dominique Bluzet ...
Michel Monglat
Florence Darel ...
Marie-Anne Archambaud
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Mégrin, l'avocat
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Andréa Lajeunesse
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After World War II, a small French village struggles to put the war behind as the controlling Communist Party tries to flush out Petain loyalists. The local bar owner, a simple man who likes to write poetry, who only wants to be left alone to do his job, becomes a target for Communist harassment as they try and locate a particular loyalist, and he pushes back. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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the war that never ended
12 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Claude Berri scratches a few old war wounds in this complex but absorbing drama, set in a small, heavily damaged French town during the period of deprivation and deadly political power struggles following the German occupation. The conflict had united several rivals against a common enemy, but afterward there was influence to be won and scores to be settled, and the question of who resisted and who collaborated would lead to more than one expedient death. It takes a while for the film to introduce all the characters and conflicting loyalties, but once underway it develops considerable steam before the inevitable tragic conclusion. The irony is that the people shown to suffer most are those without any politics at all, like the half-mad, aspiring poet played by Gérard Depardieu, who can chew his way through scenery like no other actor. His unrestrained performance adds an energetic lift to the otherwise thoughtful drama; by contrast, his co-stars in the excellent ensemble cast appear to be sleepwalking.


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