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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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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:

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Mono

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Color
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Christopher Plummer was the narrator voice for the English dubbed version. 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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Pure magic
3 March 2004 | by IslandiaSee all my reviews

The first time I saw this film I sat in front of the TV and watched it like I had been hypnotized. The animation technique and the colours are breathtaking and I really, really wish I had seen it on the big screen. I'm sure the experience would have been sublime.

This is the kind if film that leaves the viewer (unless she/he is totally insensitive) full of awe and wonder at the determination shown by the protagonist, who, in the course of a lifetime, plants a forest.

Whether you view it as a simple and beautiful story about planting trees and loving nature, or as a fable with a deeper meaning, this film is absolutely wonderful.

I would buy it in a heartbeat if it ever came out on DVD.


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