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Colonel Chabert (1994)

Le colonel Chabert (original title)
Colonel Chabert has been severely wounded in the French-Russian Napoleonic war to the point that the medical examiner has signed his death certificate. When he regains his health and memory... See full summary »

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Yves Angelo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Le colonel-comte Amédé Chabert
Fanny Ardant ... Rose Chapotel, comtesse Ferraud
Fabrice Luchini ... Derville
André Dussollier ... Le comte Ferraud
Daniel Prévost ... Amédée Boucard - l'avoué
Olivier Saladin Olivier Saladin ... Hure
Maxime Leroux Maxime Leroux ... Le clerc Godeschal
Eric Elmosnino ... Desroches
Guillaume Romain Guillaume Romain ... Simonin
Patrick Bordier Patrick Bordier ... Boutin
Claude Rich ... Chamblin
Jean Cosmos Jean Cosmos ... Costaz
Jacky Nercessian ... Delbecq
Albert Delpy ... Maître Sarrazin - le notaire
Marc Maidenberg Marc Maidenberg ... Un domestique
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Storyline

Colonel Chabert has been severely wounded in the French-Russian Napoleonic war to the point that the medical examiner has signed his death certificate. When he regains his health and memory, he goes back to Paris, where his "widow", Anne has married the Count Ferraud and is financing his rise to power using Chabert's money. Chabert hires a lawyer to help him get back his money and his honor. Written by Dragomir R. Radev <radev@cs.columbia.edu>

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 September 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$734,406
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A reunion for Fanny Ardant and Gérard Depardieu who had previously worked together in 1981 in 'Francois Truffaut''s The Woman Next Door (1981). See more »

Connections

Version of Polkovnik Shaber (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Davidsbundlertänze, op. 6 n° 2
Music by Robert Schumann
Performed by Philippe Cassard (Piano)
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Excellent take on Balzac's story
26 April 2005 | by editor-92See all my reviews

I recently read the story to see how these two match up, and if you can believe it, this film improves upon Balzac. The story is moved around, I think, to drive home the idea that Colonel Chabert is a man who has suffered much and yet he comes home, not a hero, but as an outcast.

As someone mentioned, I was initially confused if Chabert was akin to The Return of Martin Guerre. No. It is firmly established by Balzac that Chabert is the real deal. What's interesting, though, is not is he, isn't he, but how his wife, and society, treats him.

I think this is a timeless story of men who go off to fight for their country and when they come home time has left them behind. Chabert is a tragic figure made all the more poignant by the amazing Gerard Depardieu. I don't care that he's been in 1 million films, he's captivating.

Fanny Ardant has a horrible character to play. Once a prostitute, Rose has used her feminine wiles to climb the social ladder. Are her emotions true for Compte Ferraud? I think they are and perhaps couple that with her social standing at the time, and you start to feel some empathy for her.

Fabrice Lucini is slowly worming his way into my heart. He's exceptional here as Derville.

I think if you can get your hands on this gem of a film, you won't be sorry. French cinema at its finest.


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