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Les égarés (2003)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance, War | 20 August 2003 (France)
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Emmanuelle Béart stars as a widowed schoolteacher who flees Nazi-occupied Paris with her children. A teenaged boy comes to their rescue by leading them into the forest -- their best shot at survival.

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Jean Delgas alias Yvan
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June 1940. German troops are advancing on Paris. Odile, a widowed teacher, succumbs to the widespread panic and, with her two children, joins the exodus from the city. Philippe is on the cusp of adolescence, Little Cathy knows only that they are going South. After fifty kilometres, a German plane attacks, decimating the helpless refugees. Odile and her children lose everything. A shaven-headed youth appears from nowhere and leads them away from the carnage. His name is Yvan, he's seventeen years old. Cut off from the rest of the world and living in confined quarters, Odile and Yvan find themselves confronted with their own desires. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Opening Weekend:

$884,413 (France), 22 August 2003

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,531, 16 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$482,357, 12 December 2004
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The end credits contain a disclaimer that the film is unrelated to the 1983 Goncourt Prize-winning novel of the same name by Frédérick Tristan. See more »

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Featured in Cinemania: I anodos kai i ptosi tou Nazismou (2008) See more »

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Zum ziele fuehrt dich diese Bahn
from Die Zauberfloete
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sung by Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
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Being French and somewhat interested in history, I think I can give my 2 bits on a few questions about this movie:

Why does the kid sing a song in German? My idea is that because friendship between France and Germany is now so sacro-saint, the director felt the need to remind viewers that all this was past history and we are now the best of friends. I think this was necessary because of the very graphic and terrifying scenes of refugees being bombed by German planes.

Historical movie or individual adventure? I think both. The story is one of individuals cut off from the rest of the world, but the atmosphere of chaos, of loss of values, of breakdown of civilization, of not knowing where to go or what to do, appears to be representative of the way the people who lived through the events felt about them. Gaspard Ulliel, who seems to appear out of nowhere, as if a product of the times, personifies very well this feeling of chaos. Some also lived that period as a holiday from their everyday lives - if they were unattached and could fend for themselves. Alphonse Boudard's autobiographical book "Les combattants du petit bonheur" captures that outlook.

The fact that they are cut off from the rest of the world makes the movie more present, like something that could be happening here and now. Most of the time you don't get the usual distraction of local color - costumes, old cars, etc- to show that this really is the past. Personally I get annoyed at movies that use sepia coloring, or historical allusions like famous news radio broadcasts so that you can't forget for a moment the distance between then and now.

Moreover I think this movie fits into a trend of recent studies of history. A lot of books or documentaries on historical events stress the importance of understanding individual experiences to get a glimpse of the big picture.


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