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L'année de l'éveil (1991)

A sensitive, 14 year old orphan in a military school learns about life and love from his classmates and teachers.

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Gérard Corbiau
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Grégoire Colin ... François
Chiara Caselli ... Léna
Johan Rougeul Johan Rougeul ... Galène
Laurent Grévill Laurent Grévill ... Julien / le chéf / The Chief
Martin Lamotte ... Le 4ème de Section / The 4th of Section
Roger Planchon ... Le Capitaine / The captain
Claude Duneton Claude Duneton ... Le Professeur de français / The French teacher
Vincent Grass ... Le Professeur d'allemand / The German teacher
Christian Barbier Christian Barbier ... Le Colonel / The colonel
François Vincentelli François Vincentelli ... Le Chef des Anciens
Jean-Michel Flagothier Jean-Michel Flagothier ... Le Sous-officier dortoir
Eric Frere Eric Frere ... Le Sous-officier cachot
Stéphane Desvalois Stéphane Desvalois ... Feuille Morte
Nicolas Grossetete Nicolas Grossetete ... Vincent
Alain Fontaine Alain Fontaine ... Rémy
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Storyline

In 1948 14 year-old François is schooled at the military school of Aix-en-Provence. Initially, he is very withdrawn and fascinated by boxing. He was played rugby but, since his friend died, he no longer wants to play this sport. With perseverance, he manages to be better accepted by his boss who invites him for a weekend at home because he knows that François does not return to his parents, since he is an orphan. He then meets Lena, the wife of his chief, and their little girl. Very quickly, he falls in love with her and this love is reciprocal. She finds in him a tenderness that her husband does not give her, even violent with her. He will return regularly to his boss and start boxing again. He will meet Galene during his training, a new recruit in his section. Galene hates violence, boxing and so on. He encourages Francis to write his sentences, his life rather than romping on a bag, or worse, on someone. Galena will show him that he will grow more by writing than using violence. ... Written by lament

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Country:

Belgium | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 April 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Year of Awakening See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Quintette a cordes - Adagio
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A true story but a disappointing movie.
13 August 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This movie tells the true story of a teenager who studies in a military school.These schools were free,but you had to serve five years in the army when you left them.An iron discipline was the golden rule.There was little time to dream or write poems as the hero used to do.The late forties must have been a gloomy atmosphere :WW2 was barely over ,and Indochina war was beginning.And we share all these youngsters ' fear of having to die in action in a not-so-distant future:every time a soldier (former student of the school) is killed ,the whole school pays its respects to him.

But what could have been an interesting depiction is finally very disappointing,particularly when compared to Yves Boisset's "Allons enfants" which tackled a similar subject.There's no dramatic progression and the cardboard characters do not help,which takes the biscuit,cause they are not fiction:particularly weak are the "good"instructor,his wife -with whom the hero has the de rigueur clichéd affair-and the villain -a drunk Martin Lamotte who's not given a single chance to shine-,not to mention the teacher "who teaches German but who does not approve of the concentration camps".Music and voice-over are intrusive.

Take "Allons enfants" (1981) instead.Yves Boisset is not that much subtle a director,but his movie has guts ,which is toatlly missing here.


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