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Uranus (1990)

R | | Comedy, Drama | October 1991 (USA)
After World War II, a small French village struggles to put the war behind as the controlling Communist Party tries to flush out Petain loyalists. The local bar owner, a simple man who ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Berri

Writers:

Marcel Aymé (novel), Claude Berri | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Blanc ... René Gaigneux
Gérard Depardieu ... Léopold Lajeunesse
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Archambaud
Philippe Noiret ... Watrin
Gérard Desarthe Gérard Desarthe ... Maxime Loin
Michel Galabru ... Monglat
Danièle Lebrun Danièle Lebrun ... Mme Archambaud
Fabrice Luchini ... Jourdan
Daniel Prévost ... Rochard
Yves Afonso ... Le brigadier
Myriam Boyer Myriam Boyer ... Mme Gaigneux
Dominique Bluzet Dominique Bluzet ... Michel Monglat
Florence Darel Florence Darel ... Marie-Anne Archambaud
Ticky Holgado ... Mégrin, l'avocat
Josiane Lévêque ... Andréa Lajeunesse
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After World War II, a small French village struggles to put the war behind as the controlling Communist Party tries to flush out Petain loyalists. The local bar owner, a simple man who likes to write poetry, who only wants to be left alone to do his job, becomes a target for Communist harassment as they try and locate a particular loyalist, and he pushes back. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uran See more »

Filming Locations:

Maringues, Puy-de-Dôme, France

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Gross USA:

$342,198
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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A film that puts France and WWII in a different light
31 July 2002 | by paws1See all my reviews

As a frenchman, I shouldnt' be too proud of how that film speaks about the behaviour of my compatriots of the 1940's. Where is the legendary courage of the french Resistance? Where is the french yearning after liberty and independance? "Uranus" shows us a bunch of average people, who wish just one thing: survive, re-build their lives and their town after the traumatism of the war. One of the great ideas of the novel and of the film is to have placed the plot directly AFTER the war. The Germans are gone, they can't be the enemy anymore! Now, the suspicion is turned towards the own neighbor! In that film, war isn't a question of honour or courage anymore. Before great values (like liberty or human rights), people fight for their lives. And after the war, the fight goes on among civilians, in a different manner. In this global suspicious atmosphere, everyone makes anybody else clear that he could send him to death if he revealed what he knows (about black market, collaboration with the occupant, "last-hour-resistants" and so on). This film puts France and WWII in a different light, which isn't very pleasant, but reflects far more the reality than the usual film production about that period. And besides...really great acting.


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