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Le jardin des plantes (1994)

In Paris, near the end of World War II, crotchety professor Fernand Bonnard maintains a zoo and continues his research. He's a coward, as is his debonair son, Armand, who has one daughter, ... See full summary »

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Philippe de Broca
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Cast

Credited cast:
Claude Rich ... Fernand Bornard
Salomé Stévenin Salomé Stévenin ... Philippine Bornard
Rose Thiéry Rose Thiéry ... Jeanne
Samuel Labarthe ... Armand
Gert Burkard Gert Burkard ... Wenders
Catherine Jacob ... Micheline
André Penvern ... Perigord
Zoltán Gera Zoltán Gera ... Marcel
István Mészáros István Mészáros ... Paulo
Cyril Montana Cyril Montana ... Free French Soldier
Tamás Dunai Tamás Dunai ... Captain Jones
János Szikora János Szikora ... Dr. Blauschild
János Kulka János Kulka ... Colonel Bastien
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
József Bal József Bal ... The Director (as Jozsef Bal)
István Hunyadkürthy István Hunyadkürthy ... Council Worker
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In Paris, near the end of World War II, crotchety professor Fernand Bonnard maintains a zoo and continues his research. He's a coward, as is his debonair son, Armand, who has one daughter, Philippine. On her eighth birthday, Armand picks her up from her repressive boarding school and takes her to Fernand's to celebrate. Father and son quarrel, and Armand leaves, only to be arrested and shot for violating curfew. In grief, the curmudgeonly Fernand does not tell Philippine, but invents a life for Armand as a captain of the Resistance. Fernand takes her from school to live with him and his sensible wife. Along the way, Philippine finds out the truth and Fernand discovers courage. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

France | Hungary | Germany

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

30 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Greenhouse See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Great bittersweet film
10 February 2000 | by morgan_feralchildeSee all my reviews

I know people who lived through occupied Paris, and this is a film that shows the humanity that occurred during that time. The grandfather isn't only shielding the grand-daughter, the girl is shielding the grandfather from the agony of witnessing his only son's execution. The German's soldiers occupying the zoo aren't evil SS men, they are some teachers who want to be home with their families and want to sit out the war with the Allied troops hiding in the cellar.

The question of this movie is what is heroism and where does one draw the line between people and enemies.


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