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The Children of the Marshland (1999)

Les enfants du marais (original title)
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 »

Director:

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 ... 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 ... Laurent
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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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: Being free, in short, is not doing nothing, but being the sole decider of what to do or what not to do.
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Connections

Featured in Strawberry on the Shortcake: Episode #1.2 (2001) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
Written by Patty S. Hill, Mildred J. Hill
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Francophiles, see this movie - it's gorgeous
15 July 2000 | by gardner-8See all my reviews

I found this two-hour long story of friendship absorbing and deeply satisfying. It's a feast for the eyes, and hearing the French language tumbling over you adds to the atmosphere - you can almost smell it too. The French countryside is lovely to look at and the simplicity of the main protagonists' lives is beguiling (admittedly the weather always seemed close to perfect!). It's a nostalgic, evocative look at the past with realistic, thoroughly likeable characters.


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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:

$47,170, 3 October 1999

Gross USA:

$324,006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$324,006
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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