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The Man Who Planted Trees (1987)

L'homme qui plantait des arbres (original title)
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The story of a shepherd's single handed quest to re-forest a barren valley.

Director:

Frédéric Back

Writers:

Jean Giono (story), Jean Roberts (translator: English version)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Philippe Noiret ... Narrator
Christopher Plummer ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

This film tells the story of a shepherd who repairs the ruined ecosystem of a secluded valley by single-handedly cultivating a forest over a thirty year period. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 June 1988 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man Who Planted Trees See more »

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Mono

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Color
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Jean Giono, the author of the short story upon which the movie is based, wrote the story after American editors in 1953 asked him to write a few pages about an unforgettable character. They intended him to write about a real unforgettable character, but he created the fictional Elezeard Bouffier. When the editors objected that no Bouffier had died in Banon, he donated the story to all humanity. It was soon after published by Vogue in 1954. Many people have assumed that Bouffier is a real person. See more »

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Flashback scenes of an abandoned Roman Village's self-destruction cut from most versions. See more »

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One of those movies that touch lives (especially mine)!
4 September 2005 | by sukapestaSee all my reviews

I watched this masterpiece on the first day of my Intro to Film class, it's one of the professor's favorites, and I can't see why it shouldn't be... For half an hour I just sat there, completely mesmerized by the beautiful animation and wonderful message of this film... In this era of Finding Nemo, Valiant, and all the 3-D overdose, watching this film is a breath of fresh air... It makes you long for the simpler days of animation, and a single frame of this particular animation is more lively and real than Pixar or Dreamworks can ever hope to achieve...

But the story... Wow... Halfway into the film, I was still sitting there, mouth agape, but then tears just started rolling down my cheeks, as corny as it may sound... Christopher Plummer's soft, grandfather-like voice (and I'm sure the French version has an equally, if not more, accomplished narrator) conveys one of the most meaningful, touching stories I've ever heard... For the first time, there's a movie that I genuinely think everyone should watch, as otherwise they'd be deprived of what may be their greatest cinematic experience ever... This is one superb, inspiring film, and it deserves every single award and nomination it has received...


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