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Strange Gardens (2003)

Effroyables jardins (original title)
France under occupation by the Germans during WW2: Two men inspired by a free France radio broadcast perpetrate an act of sabotage with unwitting consequences for them and their fellow villagers.

Director:

Jean Becker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Villeret ... Jacques Pouzay
André Dussollier ... André Designy
Thierry Lhermitte ... Thierry Plaisance
Benoît Magimel ... Emile Bailleul
Suzanne Flon ... Marie Gerbier
Isabelle Candelier ... Louise
Victor Garrivier Victor Garrivier ... Félix Gerbier
Bernard Collins Bernard Collins ... Bernd (as Bernie Collins)
Damien Jouillerot Damien Jouillerot ... Lucien, le fils de Jacques
Jean-Claude Durand Jean-Claude Durand ... Cul Fanny
Michel Cordes Michel Cordes ... Patron Tir
Nina-Paloma Polly Nina-Paloma Polly ... Françoise
Maxime Fouard Maxime Fouard ... Paulo
Solène Chavanne Solène Chavanne ... Suzy (as Solene Chavanne)
Romain Provvedi Romain Provvedi ... Maurice
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Storyline

France under occupation by the Germans during WW2: Two men inspired by a free France radio broadcast perpetrate an act of sabotage with unwitting consequences for them and their fellow villagers.

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Genres:

Drama | War

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Trivia

The German clown in the film is based on Bernhard Wicki. The memoir entitled "In Our Strange Gardens", on which this film is based, is dedicated to him. See more »

Goofs

Jacques Villeret and André Dussollier are, at the beginning of the film, throwing bottles of Riesling they just bought on a Nazi train. When the bottles break on the train, we can see red liquid splashing. Riesling is white wine. See more »

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Strange Gardens but a Moving Film
24 September 2003 | by missmarmiteSee all my reviews

I saw this film just a couple of days ago on the Hamburg Film Festival together with a crowd of, say, only 50 other people with good taste. Okay, French with English subtitles is not the usual stuff for most Germans which are used to dubbed films....

This film is about a boy, about this boy's father, this boy's father's friends and the story of their lives, set during WW II and the late 50s.

What I had expected was a drama or even a tragedy, very heavy and not easy to digest. What I got was a most wonderful film with light moments, sad ones, funny ones, heavy ones, and above all terrific actors. Namely Jacques Villeret and André Dussollier are amazing, there is great chemistry between them as best mates during difficult times.

I haven't read the book by Michel Quint which seems to be a best seller in France - that's what the director Jean Becker said, he was present at the screening I saw - but I leafed through it and I believe they changed a few characters' names...

Anyway, if you have the chance to see this rare jewel, do so! Even if stories from WW II are not your cup of tea, this one you shouldn't miss.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 March 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Strange Gardens See more »

Filming Locations:

Larnage, Drôme, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,155, 22 February 2004

Gross USA:

$78,668

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,793,539
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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