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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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Flawed, but controversial and compelling
8 October 1999 | by gtranSee all my reviews

WWII left of lots of scars in French memory. Right after the war, all the French were supposed to have been freedom fighters, minus a few baddies of course. Then, slowly, a different truth started to emerge, and since the controversy has been raging on. Uranus, written by Marcel Aymé right after the war, was always controversial, as is this modern adaptation by Claude Berri. In this half-destroyed (by US bombings) French village in 1945, people try to have their lives back, or to save themselves : communists, drunks, sadistic late-hour partisans, former antisemitic hate-mongers, war profiteers... These characters may be too theoretical to be convincing, and of course the permanent blurring of the line between the good and bad guys is too systematic. However, the superior acting and the fact that the movie still manages to raise difficult issues (the general tone is very misanthropic), make it very compelling.


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