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Les enfants du marais (1999)

A chronicle of a group of friends in rural France in 1918. Garris and Riton live in the marshlands along the banks of the Loire river. Riton is afflicted with a bad-tempered wife and three ... See full summary »

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Jean Becker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Villeret ... Riton
Jacques Gamblin ... Garriss
André Dussollier ... Amédée
Michel Serrault ... Pépé la Rainette
Isabelle Carré ... Marie
Eric Cantona ... Jo Sardi
Suzanne Flon ... Old Cri Cri
Jacques Dufilho Jacques Dufilho ... Old man
Gisèle Casadesus ... Madame Mercier
Roland Magdane ... Félix
Élisabeth Commelin Élisabeth Commelin ... Marthe (as Elisabeth Commelin)
Julie Marboeuf Julie Marboeuf ... Emilie
Jenny Clève ... Berthe
Philippe Magnan Philippe Magnan ... Laurent
Jacques Boudet Jacques Boudet ... Tane
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Storyline

A chronicle of a group of friends in rural France in 1918. Garris and Riton live in the marshlands along the banks of the Loire river. Riton is afflicted with a bad-tempered wife and three unruly children. Garris lives alone with his recollections of World War I trenches. Their daily life consists of seasonal work and visits from their two pals: Tane, the local train conductor and Amédée, a dreamer and voracious reader of classics. Meanwhile, Garris is overwhelmed by an unspoken love for a housemaid in the town, Marie... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 March 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La fortuna de vivir See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,140, 1 October 1999

Gross USA:

$324,006, 7 November 1999
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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

At one point,there is a yellow letterbox in the background . Letterboxes were not yellow in France before the Sixties. See more »

Quotes

Amédée: And the green paradise of children's love / The innocent eden, filled with furtive pleasures / Is it now further than India and China? / Can we recall it with plaintive cries? / And animate it with a silvery voice / The innocent eden, filled with furtive pleasures.
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Featured in Strawberry on the Shortcake: Episode #1.2 (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Parlez-moi d'Amour
Music by Jean Lenoir
Lyrics by Jean Lenoir
Performed by l'Orchestre de l'Association Harmonie de Trevoux
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Wonderfully unpretentious
31 August 2000 | by ultimate89See all my reviews

The Children of the Marshland is a beautifully made, rich, warm, funny and moving film. An air of nostalgia floats through it, reminiscing of an era gone by. The themes are deep and thoughtful, and as the seasons change time naturally stands still. The screenplay is a little bumpy, but this is a French film well worth your time. 3.5 stars.


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