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The Children of the Marshland (1999)
"Les enfants du marais" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  3 March 1999 (France)
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A chronicle of a group of friends in rural France in 1918. Garris and Riton live in Marais, a quiet region along the banks of Loire river. Riton is afflicted with a bad-tempered wife and ... 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
Michel Serrault ...
Pépé la Rainette
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Marie
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Jo Sardi
Suzanne Flon ...
Old Cri Cri
Jacques Dufilho ...
Old man
Gisèle Casadesus ...
Madame Mercier
...
Felix
Elisabeth Commelin ...
Marthe
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 Marais, a quiet region along the banks of 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  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Riton: A negro? I don't like that.
Garriss: Let's go. At night all men are black.
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Connections

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

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Parlez-moi d'amour
Written by Jean Lenoir
Performed by l' Orchestre de l'Association Harmonie de Trevoux
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Sensitive, funny, intelligent, beautiful. Unmissable
5 December 1999 | by (Madrid, Spain) – See all my reviews

A little French gem that wraps you up in the lives of a group of friends in the 1920´s in France. Wonderfully acted and superbly directed, the story meanders gently through a number of seasons tracing their friendship and "amours", interlacing the finely drawn characters and sub-plots with consummate skill. At no time does the story flag, or become convoluted and the ending is simple and uncontrived. The photography is superb and reminiscent of "Manon des Sources"; Eric Cantona is surprisingly good as a champion boxer and even enlarges on his 1996 Selhurst Park performance. You will emerge from this extraordinary film edified and enriched and thanking the heavens that Hollywood isn´t the only place that makes films.


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