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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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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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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When Riton's shoes get run over by the train they stay on the tracks, but Garriss picks them up from about a meter away. 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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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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Slick- In- The- Muds
6 February 2004 | by writers_reignSee all my reviews

About once or twice a year I see a movie like this - most often, alas, from France or Italy - that makes me seriously wonder how, in this age of popcorn,slasher, and technology movies anyone gets the finance to make decent, honest, feelgood fare with little or no sex, violence, scatology just REAL people who look real and not like Actors ACTING, who just meander gently through life and celebrate 'old fashioned' values in lives punctuated by minor moments. This is just such a gem and it would be churlish to single out any of the fine actors involved, even Eric Cantona - presumably there to help financing - acquits himself passably in the little non-acting that is required of him. A film like this reminds you that yes, Nostalgia IS what it used to be. 10/10


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