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Les voeux (Histoire de Colbrune et Bjorn) (2008)

 -  Short  -  26 April 2008 (France)
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Once upon a time, in a village nestled in the heart of nature, lived a blond-haired girl, an embroiderer named Colbrune, who felt like marrying Bjorn, the tailor living across her house. ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Lucie Borleteau ...
Colbrune
Xavier Depoix ...
Bjorn
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Heidebic de Hel
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La Belle Dame
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonin ...
Un invité au mariage de Colbrune et Bjorn
Baptiste ...
Un invité au mariage de Colbrune et Bjorn
Marie-Clotilde Chéry ...
Une fille au bain (as Marie-Clotilde)
Cléa ...
Une invitée au mariage de Colbrune et Bjorn
Cécile Frey ...
La narratrice (voice)
Isabelle ...
Une invitée au mariage de Colbrune et Bjorn
Jules ...
Un invité au mariage de Colbrune et Bjorn
Juliette ...
Une invitée au mariage de Colbrune et Bjorn
Anne-Sophie Lepicard ...
Une fille au bain (as Anne-Sophie)
Marcel ...
Un invité au mariage de Colbrune et Bjorn
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Once upon a time, in a village nestled in the heart of nature, lived a blond-haired girl, an embroiderer named Colbrune, who felt like marrying Bjorn, the tailor living across her house. The young man accepted her proposal but on one condition : Colbrune was to make an embroidered belt identical to the one his mother once gave him. Unfortunately the task was awfully difficult and Colbrune did not feel up to it. One day, she happened to help a stranger who had lost his way. To thank her, the passing lord gave her a belt that was the exact replica of Bjorn's mother's belt. But he too laid down a condition: Colbrune had to remember his name, Heidebic de Hel. If in a year's time she had forgotten it, she would belong to him forever.... Written by Guy Bellinger

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French visa # 119421 delivered on 26-6-2008. See more »

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Miraculous Love's Wounding
Written by Thomas Morley
Performed by Alfred Deller, Mark Deller and 'Desmond Dupré'
Courtesy of Harmonia Mundi
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A walk through medieval magic
20 November 2012 | by (Montigny-lès-Metz, France) – See all my reviews

Although Georges Méliès invented the genre, fantasy has never been French cinema's specialty. There are a few notable exceptions of course (Jean Cocteau's "La Belle et la Bête", Georges Franju's "La tête contre les murs", François Ozon's "Ricky" are a few examples), but on the whole it looks as if Gallic creators are more at ease with the description of the visible than the evocation of the invisible. So, it always comes as a divine surprise when a French filmmaker dares try his/her hand at this genre, and even more so when he/she does it successfully. Such is the case of Lucie Borleteau, a young director-producer-actress who, for her second short, was bold enough to venture into the realm of the irrational. With "Les Voeux", a 33 minute little gem deftly adapted by Borleteau and Clara Bourreau from a novella by Pascal Quignard ("Tous les matins du monde"), she plunges us into some undefined rural Middle Ages. A period ruled by ignorance, superstition, legend and primal fear but also a time when people are an integral part of Nature. One of Lucie Berleteau remarkable talents is precisely to make tangible this odd environment. This is our world for sure (cinematographer Tom Harari restores all the beauties of the Limousin and Vendée natural sites he films without excessive aestheticism) but at the same time what happens before our eyes is not of this world. There is magic in it, not recreated by means of costly high tech special effects, but seemingly captured by the camera as if it oozed out of the landscape itself. The director's talent is so great that you feel as if all the events and characters are nothing but normal whereas you are put in presence of... a fairy playing a primitive organ, a belt that transforms into a water snake and a lord whose name (Heidebic de Hel) the heroine must remember in a year's time or she will belong to him forever ! And that is not all. The tale indeed, which works perfectly as some kind of legend of yore, also functions as a metaphor for gender relations, and the difficulties there have always been and there will always be when it comes to forming a solid couple. To declare one's love to the object of desire and to accept the other as his/her partner is not enough to make the new entity (husband/wife) work, as Colbrune and Bjorn soon realize. It is only through the ordeal imposed by life (in the tale by Heidebic de Hel, one of Satan's other names of course) that the married couple will end up existing. The moral is clear: if you do not support your partner in hardship, if you do not fight for him/her, sexual attraction will not do the job in the long run. Lucie Borleteau brings liveliness, beauty and simplicity to the character of Colbrune. She is well supported by Xavier Depoix as Bjorn, her surly baby-faced husband, by Jean-Louis Coulloc'h (The gardener of Pascale Ferran's "Lady Chatterley"), who manages not to overplay in the role of the Devil and by Anne Consigny who lends her natural elegance to the character of the Belle Dame (the fairy).


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