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Battle of the Brave (2004)

Nouvelle-France (original title)
In the mid-18th Century, as England and France battle over control of Canada, an epic romance between a peasant woman and a trapper unfurls.

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Jean Beaudin

Writer:

Pierre Billon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noémie Godin-Vigneau Noémie Godin-Vigneau ... Marie-Loup Carignan
David La Haye ... François le Gardeur
Juliette Gosselin ... Young France Carignan
Sébastien Huberdeau ... Xavier Maillard
Gérard Depardieu ... Father Thomas Blondeau
Bianca Gervais ... Acoona
Irène Jacob ... Angélique de Roquebrune
Pierre Lebeau ... Joseph Carignan
Vincent Perez ... Intendant Le Bigot
Isabel Richer ... France Carignan
Johanne-Marie Tremblay Johanne-Marie Tremblay ... Madeleine Carignan (as Johanne Marie Tremblay)
Tim Roth ... William Pitt
Jason Isaacs ... Général James Wolfe
Colm Meaney ... Benjamin Franklin
Billy Merasty Billy Merasty ... Owashak (as William Merasty)
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Storyline

Prejudice, perfidy, love, and bravery in Québec. In 1779, a priest on his deathbed receives a young woman. Flash back 20 years: Marie-Loup, an herb-dispensing peasant, falls for François, a man of property. The priest's perfidy and the treachery of a soldier separate the lovers and set in motion a chain of events leading to a death, a trial, and an execution. The action unfolds against a backdrop of England's take-over of French-Canada, the Church's manipulations to maintain spiritual hegemony, and the limited rights of woman and indigenous peoples. Watching it all is Marie-Loup's daughter, named France, who, when grown, is the dying priest's visitor in prelude and coda. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Rise. Unite. Fight.

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | UK | France

Release Date:

20 July 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle of the Brave See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$468,625, 21 November 2004

Gross USA:

$1,599,716

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,058,007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Two versions of the film were shot simultaneously, an English language version titled 'Battle of the Brave' and a French language version titled 'Nouvelle-France'. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two versions of the film were shot simultaneously, an English language version titled 'Battle of the Brave' and a French language version titled 'Nouvelle-France'. See more »

Connections

Featured in Céline Dion: Ma Nouvelle-France (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Ma Nouvelle-France
music by Patrick Doyle
lyrics by Luc Plamondon
sung by Céline Dion
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French Canadian point of view
24 November 2004 | by private_54See all my reviews

This is, literally, one of the most uselessly complex and "I-want-to-make-my-way-into-cinema-history" movie ever produced. I cannot think foreigners will see this movie and understand THAT as an accurate review of what happened to my country. I left the theater 38 minutes ago, and I am still shaking with anger.

First of all, cut the all-charm hero who's good at everything and the tough and revolutionary woman who dears go against armed guards by punching them in the face. I do not buy. I got nothing against Noémie Godin-Vigneault, she did a worthy job, but her character's flawed. Cut also the dull love story, absolutely unimaginative. The secondary characters, like Marie-Loup's father, like Voltaire and France Carignan, Marie-Loup's daughter. They deserve credit.

And finally, how dare did they destroy one of the finest North American piece of history by wanting to copy the "historical-moment-in-a-love-story" like Titanic and Pearl Harbor did. Historical values are not even respected. 4 years passed between the capitulation of Quebec and the Treaty of Paris. 4 years. Well, it seems nobody aged a day.

Please, before or after seeing this movie, ask for a French Canadian, for the REAL version of what happened. That way we can keep our dignity intact.


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