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Les égarés (2003)

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Emmanuelle Béart stars as a widowed schoolteacher who flees Nazi-occupied Paris with her children. A teenaged boy comes to their rescue by leading them into the forest -- their best shot at survival.

Director:

André Téchiné

Writers:

Gilles Perrault (novel), Gilles Taurand (screenplay, adaptation and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Emmanuelle Béart ... Odile
Gaspard Ulliel ... Jean Delgas alias Yvan
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet ... Philippe
Clémence Meyer Clémence Meyer ... Cathy
Samuel Labarthe ... Robert
Jean Fornerod Jean Fornerod ... Georges
Eric Kreikenmayer Eric Kreikenmayer ... Le gradé
Nicholas Mead Nicholas Mead ... Le soldat blessé
Mike Davies Mike Davies ... Le jeune gendarme (as Robert Eliott)
Nigel Hollidge Nigel Hollidge ... Le réfugié
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June 1940. German troops are advancing on Paris. Odile, a widowed teacher, succumbs to the widespread panic and, with her two children, joins the exodus from the city. Philippe is on the cusp of adolescence, Little Cathy knows only that they are going South. After fifty kilometres, a German plane attacks, decimating the helpless refugees. Odile and her children lose everything. A shaven-headed youth appears from nowhere and leads them away from the carnage. His name is Yvan, he's seventeen years old. Cut off from the rest of the world and living in confined quarters, Odile and Yvan find themselves confronted with their own desires. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | UK

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 August 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lejos del mundo See more »

Filming Locations:

Midi-Pyrénées, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$884,413 (France), 22 August 2003

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,531, 16 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$482,357, 12 December 2004
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1.85 : 1
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The end credits contain a disclaimer that the film is unrelated to the 1983 Goncourt Prize-winning novel of the same name by Frédérick Tristan. See more »

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Featured in Cinemania: I anodos kai i ptosi tou Nazismou (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Zum ziele fuehrt dich diese Bahn
from Die Zauberfloete
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sung by Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
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Lost when lost? Or lost when they're found?
10 April 2010 | by tigerfish50See all my reviews

Odile, a schoolteacher war widow flees Paris with her 13YO son and 6YO daughter as the German army advances upon the city, and on the way she coldly rejects a wounded soldier's desperate pleas for a lift. Later, when the column of refugees are strafed by German fighters and her car is destroyed, they are rescued by a strange crew-cut young man, Yvan. Recognizing his talent for survival, the helpless mother and children attach themselves to him. They all move into a large abandoned house that he discovers in the remote countryside, whereupon the illiterate Yvan scavenges for food by trapping rabbits and stealing chickens from distant farms. Odile lies to her children to protect them from the horrors of war, but continues to distrust Yvan for his suspiciously obscure origins. Techine seems to portray each member of this displaced family selfishly engrossed in their own need, perhaps intending them to represent the fragmented French nation itself. When Odile asserts herself as the matriarch of this family, grudging bonds of affection begin to form - but the balance is upset when the outside world finally intrudes on their pastoral idyll, and the characters contradict their earlier behavior in strangely inconsistent ways. The resourceful Yvan's mysterious background is eventually revealed, only for Techine to impose an especially counter-intuitive destiny upon him. "Les Egares" is beautifully shot and is never less than absorbing, but the characters' emotional detachment becomes an obstacle to intense involvement in their story.


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