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Battle of the Brave (2004)

Nouvelle-France (original title)
In the mid-18th Century, as England and France battle over control of Canada, an epic romance between a peasant woman and a trapper unfurls.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noémie Godin-Vigneau ...
Marie-Loup Carignan
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François le Gardeur
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Young France Carignan
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Xavier Maillard
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Father Thomas Blondeau
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Acoona
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Angélique de Roquebrune
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Joseph Carignan
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Intendant Le Bigot
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France Carignan
Johanne-Marie Tremblay ...
Madeleine Carignan (as Johanne Marie Tremblay)
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William Pitt
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Général James Wolfe
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Benjamin Franklin
Billy Merasty ...
Owashak (as William Merasty)
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Storyline

Prejudice, perfidy, love, and bravery in Québec. In 1779, a priest on his deathbed receives a young woman. Flash back 20 years: Marie-Loup, an herb-dispensing peasant, falls for François, a man of property. The priest's perfidy and the treachery of a soldier separate the lovers and set in motion a chain of events leading to a death, a trial, and an execution. The action unfolds against a backdrop of England's take-over of French-Canada, the Church's manipulations to maintain spiritual hegemony, and the limited rights of woman and indigenous peoples. Watching it all is Marie-Loup's daughter, named France, who, when grown, is the dying priest's visitor in prelude and coda. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rise. Unite. Fight.

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Drama | History | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and sexual content | See all certifications »
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20 July 2005 (France)  »

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Battle of the Brave  »

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Budget:

CAD 27,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Two versions of the film were shot simultaneously, an English language version titled 'Battle of the Brave' and a French language version titled 'Nouvelle-France'. See more »

Connections

Featured in Céline Dion: Ma Nouvelle-France (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Ma Nouvelle-France
music by Patrick Doyle
lyrics by Luc Plamondon
sung by Céline Dion
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Well, could have been better...
19 November 2004 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

This was supposed to be one big hit but the result is somehow nebulous . One big problem of this movie is the excessive emphasis on the tragic love story . The historic context is very nice and the war that is going on is just the background of what is happening with the main characters even if one of them is actively involved ( just a little, though ) in the political events . Even for those who might appreciate this tragedy, and believe me it's a real one, the movie will seems never-ending and slow-pace . The acting is pretty good ( the little girl is marvelous ! ) but too theatrical .

There was a battle going on in Quebec city but it was greatly reduced in the editing process . Some of the best scenes were just cut off as well . The photography was nice for that kind of movie and the visual research was very realistic and interesting .

It could have been better though...


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