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The Children of the Marshland (1999)

Les enfants du marais (original title)
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
Gisèle Casadesus ...
Madame Mercier
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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

Amédée: And the green paradise of children's love / The innocent eden, filled with furtive pleasures / Is it now further than India and China? / Can we recall it with plaintive cries? / And animate it with a silvery voice / The innocent eden, filled with furtive pleasures.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Les Patineurs (The Skaters) Valse, Op. 183
Composed by Emil Waldteufel
Performed by The Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Alfred Walter
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Picturesque - a must see!
26 July 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

A masterpiece from Jean Becker, 'Les Enfants du Marais' is a stunning celebration of the spirit of the common man. The film features an admirable performance by Michel Serrault as 'Pépé', set in the picturesque French countryside. Dreujou's breath-taking photography makes the film a must for any French-loving film-goer.

A real feel good movie.


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