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A Bag of Marbles (1975)

Un sac de billes (original title)
Two young French Jewish boys and their family struggle to survive in WWII during the invasion of Germans.


Jacques Doillon


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Constantini Richard Constantini ... Joseph
Paul-Eric Shulmann Paul-Eric Shulmann ... Maurice
Joseph Goldenberg Joseph Goldenberg ... Le Père
Reine Bartève Reine Bartève ... La Mère
Hubert Drac Hubert Drac ... Henri
Gilles Laurent Gilles Laurent ... Albert
Michel Robin ... Mantelier
Dominique Ducros Dominique Ducros ... Françoise
Stephan Meldegg Stephan Meldegg ... S / off. salon de coiffure
Axel Ganz Axel Ganz ... Officier salon de coiffure
Pierre Forget ... L'instituteur
Marc Eyraud Marc Eyraud ... Le curé du train
Hélène Calzarelli Hélène Calzarelli ... La jeune fille du train
Yves Wecker Yves Wecker ... Raymond, le passeur
Bernadette Le Saché Bernadette Le Saché ... La réfugiée


Two young French Jewish boys and their family struggle to survive in WWII during the invasion of Germans.

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Jacques Doillon shows how tough was life for Jewish children during Nazi invasion in France.
19 October 2014 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Nazi invasion of France was one of the saddest moments in European history.It was a period of anger,fear and hopelessness.For Jewish people,it brought a lot of humiliation and suffering which has been nicely depicted by famous French director Jacques Doillon in his film "A bag of marbles"/Un Sac De Billes.As there is no direct hint of sentimentality,this film appears to be truly authentic.Although there are some adults in this film,its primary focus is on young children especially two young boys who make good use of various schemes and tricks to escape being caught by Nazis.French writer Joseph Joffo's memoirs "Un Sac de billes" serves as the basis of this film.The notion of "life is dear and precious to all" has been portrayed by him in order to show how these two kids renounce their Jewish faith in order to remain alive.Although it talks about a serious theme,it is the light tone of this film which makes it very interesting."Un sac de Billes" is a film for viewers who would like to see young children behave in a more mature manner.

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10 December 1975 (France) See more »

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