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Fall Out (1996)

Sortez des rangs (original title)
WW1: A woman ,whose husband refused to get back on the offensive -for the eleventh time!- and then was shot as an example ,is harassed by her "patriot" neighbors and the Police:she winds up in an insane asylum.

Director:

Jean-Denis Robert

Writers:

Jean Meckert (novel) (as Jean Amila), Jean-Denis Robert | 1 more credit »
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Laure Duthilleul Laure Duthilleul ... Madeleine
Stanislas Forlani Stanislas Forlani ... Michel (as Stanislas Crevillén)
Josiane Lévêque ... La mère Velin
Pierre-Arnaud Crespeau Pierre-Arnaud Crespeau ... Deveau
Erwan Dujardin ... Aristide
Cédric Cousin Cédric Cousin ... Beurré
Anne See Anne See ... La tante Thérèse (as Anne Sée)
Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme ... Mme Germaine
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... Le capitaine
Jean-François Dérec Jean-François Dérec ... Le guide
Laurent Arnal Laurent Arnal
Michal Banach Michal Banach
Claude Barichasse Claude Barichasse
Didier Bénureau Didier Bénureau
Stanislaw Bielinski Stanislaw Bielinski
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WW1:A woman ,whose husband refused to get back on the offensive -for the eleventh time!- and then was shot as an example ,is harassed by her "patriot" neighbors and the Police:she winds up in an insane asylum. Her child is sent to a very harsh orphanage .In order to kill the general Des Gringues -whose nickname is "Le Boucher Des Hurlus" (Hurlus Butcher)- who's responsible for his father's death,he escapes with three mates;So begins a quixotic odyssey,across a country torn by a war that has left nothing but piles of skulls and bones ,ravaged by Spanish flu,where a captain with a desk job-I was told what happened!- harangues the soldiers who look on with wry amusement ,where a madam and her hookers ,go from camp to camp . Written by dbdumonteil

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Drama | War

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 May 1996 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fall Out See more »

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Stereo

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Color
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Paths of Glory,part 2
21 November 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Stanley Kubrik's "paths of glory" depicted one of the darkest pages of French history:it deeply moved many people around the world and gained an universal meaning.

"Sortez des rangs" is some kind of aftermath,on a minor mode .Here the director is no match for Kubrik ,but he made a little movie which deserves to be known.Few people saw it and it was overlooked when it was released.

A woman ,whose husband refused to get back on the offensive -for the eleventh time!- and then was shot as an example ,is harassed by her "patriot" neighbors and the Police:she winds up in an insane asylum. Her child is sent to a very harsh orphanage .In order to kill the general des Gringues -whose nickname is "le boucher des Hurlus" (Hurlus Butcher) who's responsible for his father's death,he escapes with three mates.Then begins a quixotic odyssey,across a country torn by a war that left nothing but piles of skulls and bones -as a soldier ironically remarks :all these bones are mixed,friends and enemies,French and German ,all we can do with that is a tower of bones-,ravaged by Spanish flu,where a captain with a desk job-I was told what happened!- harangues the soldiers who look on with wry amusement ,where a madam -Danièle Delorme!- and her hookers who seem to come from a Maupassant short story (Not a butcher,Gringues,Delorme says,but a victor!) ,go from camp to camp (in both senses of the term).

Children do not accept the adults world ,they do not buy the official claptrap -we fought for you,so that this war would be the last one-,they are psychic sons of Jean Vigo and Luigi Comencini.

Directing is conventional,and the screenplay does not always sustain interest;but there are flashes of melodrama Douglas Sirk would not deny:the watch ,which represents beating hearts ,is a simple but moving metaphor.The last picture will make you cry.

In 1992 ,Bertrand Tavernier made his "after the war" work "la vie et rien d'autre"."Sortez des rangs " (=get out of the ranks)deals with the same subject,but seen through children's eyes.Their naiveté is touching,climaxing when they think they actually killed their hatred general. The children are always right.They are.


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