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Les enfants du pays (2006)

May 1940, in the French Ardennes. The German Army is getting ready to invade France. Old Gustave lives alone in his village with Camille, his teenage granddaughter and Etienne, his grandson... See full summary »

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Caporal-chef Malick N'Diaye
Emma Javaux ...
Camille
Pascal N'Zonzi ...
Baye Dame
Arthur Chazal ...
Etienne
Ralph Amoussou ...
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Lamine
Cedric Ido ...
Soguy
Allen Parnell ...
Massamba
Maud Rakotondravohitra ...
Manon Grosset ...
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May 1940, in the French Ardennes. The German Army is getting ready to invade France. Old Gustave lives alone in his village with Camille, his teenage granddaughter and Etienne, his grandson. All the other inhabitants have evacuated the village, which makes Gustave very happy as he is the sole master there. Etienne, does not care because he is too young but Camille is beginning to suffer from her solitude and finds it hard to put up with her granddad's selfishness and bossiness. One day a patrol of African-born soldiers ("Tirailleurs Sénégalais") comes to the deserted village... Written by Guy Bellinger

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19 April 2006 (France)  »

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Douce France  »

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Visa d'exploitation en France #109633. See more »

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Douce France
Music by Léo Chauliac and Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
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Lives Of A Senegal Lancer
30 June 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

It's difficult to guess the target audience the producers were aiming for here. The only 'marquee' name is Michel Serrault and though his CV is as impressive as any he is way up in the paint cards and it's asking a lot to expect him to carry a film as offbeat as this. It's May, 1940 and the Germans are coming. In Etienne's (Serrault) small village in rural France everyone has left leaving just him and a granddaughter Camille and grandson. Then a small - some six or seven -troop of Senagalese soldiers turn up more or less just in time to prevent Camille getting a bad dose of cabin fever. Not a lot happens; she plays the victrola, dances with one of the soldiers and that's about it. Then the Germans finally ARRIVE and blow the village off the map with their panzers. Camille and her brother take to the river leaving the others to do the best they can. There's a certain amount of charm/nostalgia on display here but it's going to have to work hard to find its audience.


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