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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 ...
Bha
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Lamine
Cedric Ido ...
Soguy
Allen Parnell ...
Massamba
Maud Rakotondravohitra ...
Manon Grosset ...
Une orpheline
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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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Le soldat Ripaton
Composed by Béatrice Thiriet (2005)
Sung and played on the bugle by Michel Serrault
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A so tiny french movie as I love.

The other comments about this one are very interesting. Far more than mine. Those users know history better than I do. So, I won't add much to the details they talk about.

But this pretty little country side movie reminds me two features. I would say it's a sort of mix up between Sidney Pollack's CASTLE KEEP and Rachid Bouchareb's INDIGENES. Perhaps more the latest, shot in 2005 and released in 2006, which points out the importance of coloured soldiers - African and Arabs - during WW2 against Axis armies. A tale against racism and intolerance. CASTLE KEEP because it shows us a sort of lost patrol who "disturbs" a little community, in the middle of nowhere, and the influence of the "intruders", the "aliens" on the natives.

Michel Serrault, as usual, is outstanding.

The ending is very sad but so beautiful. We can find some poetry in it. As we saw in CASTLE KEEP.


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