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Les enfants du marais (1999)

A chronicle of a group of friends in rural France in 1918. Garris and Riton live in the marshlands along the banks of the Loire river. Riton is afflicted with a bad-tempered wife and three ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Villeret ...
Riton
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Garriss
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Amédée
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Pépé la Rainette
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Marie
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Jo Sardi
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Old Cri Cri
Jacques Dufilho ...
Old man
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Madame Mercier
...
Felix
Élisabeth Commelin ...
Marthe (as Elisabeth Commelin)
Julie Marboeuf ...
Emilie
Jenny Clève ...
Berthe
Philippe Magnan ...
Laurent
Jacques Boudet ...
Tane
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A chronicle of a group of friends in rural France in 1918. Garris and Riton live in the marshlands along the banks of the Loire river. Riton is afflicted with a bad-tempered wife and three unruly children. Garris lives alone with his recollections of World War I trenches. Their daily life consists of seasonal work and visits from their two pals: Tane, the local train conductor and Amédée, a dreamer and voracious reader of classics. Meanwhile, Garris is overwhelmed by an unspoken love for a housemaid in the town, Marie... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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3 March 1999 (France)  »

Also Known As:

La fortuna de vivir  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$47,140 (USA) (1 October 1999)

Gross:

$324,006 (USA) (5 November 1999)
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Goofs

When Riton's shoes get run over by the train they stay on the tracks, but Garriss picks them up from about a meter away. See more »

Quotes

Old Cri Cri: There are times in life when you'd want everything to remain the same forever.
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Connections

Featured in Strawberry on the Shortcake: Episode #1.2 (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Mai de Clerieux
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Performed by Emmanuel Pariselle
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26 August 2005 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

This little french gem of a film is in fact one of the best films I have ever seen. It is a story about true friendship and devotion and it shows what we who live in the so-called modern world have lost. Everything about the film is just perfect. It is funny, moving, filmed in a beautiful setting and yes,even Cantona makes a strong performance. Even though I am not an anti Hollywood "besserwisser" it is good to see films like this which main focus is to tell a really good story and to make you feel good. Yes, I now that this is a cliché but it is just what this film does to your brain. See it and understand what should be the most important things in your life.

Highly recommended.


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