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The Proud Ones (1980)

Le cheval d'orgueil (original title)
In early twentieth-century Brittany, two peasants marry, have a son, and live in traditional Breton ways: three generations under one roof, a division of labor between the sexes, elders' ... See full summary »


Claude Chabrol


Pierre-Jakez Hélias (based on the book by) (as Pierre-Jakez Helias), Daniel Boulanger (adaptation) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Dufilho ... Alain, le grand-père
Bernadette Le Saché Bernadette Le Saché ... Anne-Marie, la mère
François Cluzet ... Pierre-Alain, le père
Paul Le Person ... Gourgon, le facteur
Pierre Le Rumeur Pierre Le Rumeur ... Le conteur
Michel Robin ... Le marquis
Ronan Hubert Ronan Hubert ... Pierre-Jacques à 7 ans
Armel Hubert Armel Hubert ... Pierre-Jacques à 11 ans
Dominique Lavanant ... Marie-Jeanne, la sage-femme
Michel Blanc ... Corentin Calvez
Georges Wilson ... Récitant / Narrator (voice)
Jean-Claude Bouillaud Jean-Claude Bouillaud
Laurence Caubet Laurence Caubet
Jacques Chailleux Jacques Chailleux ... Jeannot les mille métiers
Odile Chapal Odile Chapal


In early twentieth-century Brittany, two peasants marry, have a son, and live in traditional Breton ways: three generations under one roof, a division of labor between the sexes, elders' stories at night, politics and religion during their little free time. Times are hard: la Chienne du Monde drives some to suicide; Ankou (death) is close at hand. Pierre is born into this republican family, his lyric childhood interrupted by the outbreak of war and his father's conscription. He learns his catechism and, as a child of a Reds, also reveres school. His grandfather and father often put him on their shoulders, giving him a ride on the horse of pride. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Claude Chabrol's greatest regret for this film was that he did not have the audacity to make the movie in the Breton language. It is true since using the French language forced him into some contortions (see the scene where little Pierre is reluctant to learn French at school). However, this film remains a faithful adaptation to the work of Pierre-Jakez Hélias and a fascinating painting of a region with a strong identity. See more »

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A thoroughly wonderful movie
10 August 2008 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

This is a thoroughly wonderful movie made, unfortunately, for a steadily shrinking audience. Pier-Jakes Helias' Chevel d'orgueil is not a novel, but a memoire that recounts not just one child's life, but the entire culture in which he lived, inland Brittany (l'Argoat) primarily before World War I. The movie has no plot as such. It is a series of vignettes that illustrate, very well, different aspects of Breton inland life at the time. The dialogue is sometimes in Breton, sometimes in French, depending (largely but not always) on what language the characters would actually have spoken in a given situation.

The unfortunate thing about this very good movie is that it really doesn't explain the culture it presents, it just presents it. As a result, if you are not already familiar with the culture it presents, a lot of it will not mean very much to you. While I generally don't like voice-over commentary, this is one movie that, for most non-Breton viewers, would greatly benefit from one.

So, a wonderful movie. But, I concede, one that will not mean a lot to those not already immersed in inland Breton culture.

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Release Date:

December 1985 (USA) See more »

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The Horse of Pride See more »

Filming Locations:

Quimper, Finistère, France See more »

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