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Les patates (1969)

France, 1942. During the Nazi Occupation, the Ardennes falls in the "forbidden zone" between the German Occupied North and the Vichy governed South. Its inhabitants face starvation as ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Autant-Lara

Writers:

Jacques Vaucherot (based on the novel by), Jean Aurenche (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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Pierre Perret Pierre Perret ... Clovis Parizel
Henri Virlojeux Henri Virlojeux ... Parizel père
Bérangère Dautun Bérangère Dautun ... Mathilde
Christine Aurel Christine Aurel ... La voyageuse
Jacques Balutin Jacques Balutin ... P'tit Louis
Gérard Buhr ... Serge
Marc Eyraud Marc Eyraud ... Maurice
René Havard René Havard ... Lulu
Lucien Hubert Lucien Hubert ... Guignard
Bernard Lajarrige Bernard Lajarrige ... Le maire de Bourg-Fidèle
Hubert de Lapparent Hubert de Lapparent ... Bayochet
Rufus ... Larobesse
Jeanne Allard Jeanne Allard ... Paulette
Aline Blome Aline Blome ... La femme du retraité
Robert Blome Robert Blome ... Le retraité
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France, 1942. During the Nazi Occupation, the Ardennes falls in the "forbidden zone" between the German Occupied North and the Vichy governed South. Its inhabitants face starvation as movement of people and supplies into the area are strictly controlled. To save his family, Clovis risks his life crossing the boundary to get hold of potatoes which he intends to plant in a patch of unused land. Knowing that his family's survival depends on the success of his scheme, Clovis becomes increasingly obsessed with his crop of potatoes. Written by filmsdefrance.com

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 November 1969 (France) See more »

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Potatoes See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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A strange, satirical war drama.
11 June 2007 | by SqueeleSee all my reviews

"Les patates" from Claude Autant-Lara is a curious little movie, blending comedy and drama in a historical context.

The story takes place during World War 2, in Occupied France. Clovis (Pierre Perret, a very famous French comedic singer in his convincing screen debut) is trying desperately to cultivate potatoes, despite the restrictions decided by the Nazis, and the jealousy of his neighborhood. Soon, his little garden becomes an obsession, which leads to marital crisis, and beyond...

The film is clearly not as moving and ambitious as Autant-Lara previous work (such as his masterpiece, "La traversée de Paris") but there are many funny parts, and good performances all along.

Overall, a decent satire of Occupied France, with a good balance between comedy and drama.


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