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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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Gross USA:

$734,406
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Dolby | Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gérard Depardieu claimed he was attracted to this film version of the Balzac novel because he was fascinated by the opportunity at playing tragedy. See more »

Connections

Version of Le colonel Chabert (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Trio 'Les Quilles' K 498 - Rondeaux allegretto
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Régis Pasquier (Violin), Lluís Claret (Cello), Philippe Cassard (Piano)
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Fascinating, well acted character study and mystery
9 December 2010 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Wonderfully acted by Gerard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant, and beautifully shot.

A man re-emerges 10 years after being declared dead in the Napoleonic wars. He wants something, but even HE doesn't seem sure what – his money his wife kept, and brought to her new marriage? Revenge on her for forgetting him? To win her back?

Meanwhile, her own lawyer also takes on Chabert's side of the case, trying to broker a compromise, before word leaks out and all involved are ruined in scandal. (Fabrice Luchini is great as the lawyer who's motives are always a little mysterious).

An interesting, subtle study of what's really of value in life.

My only complaint is that some of the Machiavellian machinations are a little obviously played by both Ardant's character and her greedy, wormy new husband, who values a peerage over marriage, love or family. Somehow that artifice makes the film a bit less emotionally powerful than it might be. But I'd certainly see it again.


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