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La colline aux mille enfants (1994)

During the Nazi regime in France in World War II, Pastor Fontaine and the town of Chambon undertake a mission to protect and shelter the children of many of the Jews sent to concentration camps.

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Patrick Raynal ...
Le pasteur Fontaine
Ottavia Piccolo ...
Martha Fontaine
Jip Wijngaarden ...
Clara
Dora Doll ...
Emilienne
Jean-François Garreaud ...
Robert Vitac
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René
Philippe Lefebvre ...
Marc
Wioletta Michalczuk ...
Myriam
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Frédéric
Jean Lescot ...
Lucien Darget
Fred Personne ...
Maurice
Celia Ascencio ...
Anne
Diane Dassigny ...
Sophie
Deborah Biolzi ...
Lisa
Tristan Morvan ...
Jean-Jacques
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During the Nazi regime in France in World War II, Pastor Fontaine and the town of Chambon undertake a mission to protect and shelter the children of many of the Jews sent to concentration camps.

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A moving, complex human dilemma in a desperate situation.
31 January 2001 | by (South Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

This film deals with the German occupation of France during World War II, but relates the situation of the Jews with the situation of the Protestant minority in France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. Then, Protestants, like the Jews in World War II, were driven into hiding if they wished to continue practicing their religion. The Protestants in the region of the Cevennes sympathize with the plight of the Jews. They are faced with complex choices, particularly whether the use of violence is ever justified even in the most desperate circumstances against evident evil. We also see that every race and every human being has both good and bad elements. It is a moving, human story. The acting, especially that of Patrick Raynal as the protestant pastor, is good. A similar story, "Monsignor Renard" with Jonathan Thaw as a Catholic minister in Normandy, was on Masterpiece Theater a year or so ago.


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