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On Guard (1992)

L'affût (original title)
An ecologist schoolteacher wants to create a reserve for the birds of the ponds near his village.

Director:

Yannick Bellon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tchéky Karyo ... Jean Vergier
Dominique Blanc ... Isabelle Morigny
Patrick Bouchitey ... Guy
Jean-Pierre Sentier Jean-Pierre Sentier ... Etienne, the mayor
Michel Robin ... Marcel, the game warden
Carlo Brandt ... Franck
Michel Fortin Michel Fortin ... Gilles
Pierre-Octave Arrighi Pierre-Octave Arrighi ... Pierre
Philippe Laudenbach ... Mr Tremblay
Jean-Pierre Savinaud Jean-Pierre Savinaud
Gilles Najean Gilles Najean
Evelyne Buyle Evelyne Buyle ... Samantha
Patrick Catalifo Patrick Catalifo ... The groom
Mickaël Tisseur Mickaël Tisseur ... Vincent Morigny, Isabelle's son
Laurent Valéro Laurent Valéro ... Robert, Guy's son
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A woman comes back to her home town with her son to live with her brothers ;here she meets again a childhood friend,now the cafe owner.She's attracted by the schoolteacher ,Jean, who is also an ornithologist whose dream is to create a reserve for the birds of the ponds near the village.Alas he comes into conflict with the hunters and even with his new girlfriend's brother,who is a taxidermist(an illegal activity). Jean's teaching will not have been in vain ,though .His pupils react to the events. Written by dbdumonteil

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 February 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

On Guard See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,756, 20 October 2002

Gross USA:

$97,552

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,552
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Ecological.
19 February 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

A woman comes back to her home town with her son to live with her brothers ;here she meets again a childhood friend,now the café-owner(Patrick Bouchitey).She's attracted by the schoolteacher who is also an ornithologist whose dream is to create a reserve for the birds of the ponds near the village.Alas he comes into conflict with the hunters and even his new girlfriend's brother,who is a taxidermist(an illegal activity).

On the plus side,this is a relaxing work,without the usual sex,violence and all the trendy paraphernalia.The landscapes are beautiful and the camera shows a great love for the feathered race.The director has partly avoided Manicheism(i.e. good ecologist/wicked hunters).

But she did not avoid her two main character's melodramatic background:the schoolteacher spent seven years in the army ,in Djibuti (and Tchéky Karyo ,who plays him,if he's a credible ecologist ,is a thoroughly implausible firebrand),then he had the now de rigueur bout of alcoholism.As for the woman,her childhood's almost worthy of Victor Hugo's "les miserables":her father treated her badly,she left ,became pregnant,was abandoned by her lover, deprived of the custody of her child,and the whole shebang.

Nevertheless,nature lovers should not miss this movie.Yannick Bellon was the first director in France ,to tackle seriously the rape topic ("l'amour violé",1977).Some kind of female André Cayatte ,her work generally remains without vigor and self-conscious though.


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