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Les enfants de Timpelbach (2008)

The children of a small European mountain village end up being its only residents, soon after the adults cannot take their behavior any longer.

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Cast

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Raphaël Katz ...
Manfred
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Marianne
Léo Legrand ...
Thomas
Baptiste Bétoulaud ...
Oscar Le Rouge
Martin Jobert ...
Willy Hak
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Mireille Stettner
Léo Paget ...
Robert Lapointe
Ilona Bachelier ...
Charlotte
Julien Dubois ...
Barnabé
Florian Goutiéras ...
P'tit Louis
Talina Boyaci ...
Zoé
Mathieu Donné ...
Gros Paul
Terry Edinval ...
Wolfgang
Jonathan Joss ...
Jean Krog
Tilly Mandelbrot ...
Erna
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Storyline

Welcome to Timpelbach, a small, serene village. Well, not really that serene... Indeed, for several weeks, the children have been playing multiple practical jokes and nasty tricks. The victims are, of course, other children... but also, and most of all, the parents. Overwrought, they decide to leave the village for what they think will only be one day. But nothing happens as planned: on the way back, they are taken prisoner by a group of soldiers. In Timpelbach, the news of a village without parents makes Oscar and his gang of thugs happy! But that isn't the case of a few daredevils who decide to side with Manfred and Marianne to regain control of the village. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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A Noël, ça va être leur fête! (This Christmas, they're getting their comeuppance!)


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17 December 2008 (France)  »

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Trouble at Timpetill  »

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€13,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Eric Gandois spent three and a half months storyboarding the film, and found the greatest challenge to be creating a fairy tale setting grounded in reality. See more »

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After the end credits, a child's voice says: "Bah, c'est déjà fini?" (In English: "It is already finished?") See more »

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Charming Fantasy
8 September 2013 | by (London) – See all my reviews

LES ENFANTS DE TIMPELBACH is a fantasy that offers an interesting premise; what would happen if children were so badly behaved that their parents decided to abandon them to their own devices? The film explores how the children adapt - or do not adapt - to their changed surroundings. It's a difficult task; they now have to undertake all those chores such as cooking, cleaning and tidying up, that hitherto they have always taken for granted. The film has its darker elements; there is an internecine conflict between the children strongly reminiscent of Golding's LORD OF THE FLIES. But the film ends good-heartedly with everyone restored and differences overcome. Gérard Depardieu and Carole Bouquet enjoy themselves with a couple of lip-smackingly memorably performances, but the real stars of the film are the children themselves, a marvelous ensemble who seem totally at ease in front of the camera, giving the lie to the old adage that no one should dare to act with animals and children.


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