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Le silence de la mer (2004)

In a small town in the West of France, during the German Occupation, a room is requisitioned by a Wehrmacht captain, Werner von Ebrennac. The house where he now stays is inhabited by young ... See full summary »

Director:

Pierre Boutron

Writers:

Anne Giafferi, Vercors (short stories: Le Silence de la mer & Ce jour-là)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Delarme Julie Delarme ... Jeanne Larosière
Michel Galabru ... André Larosière
Thomas Jouannet ... le capitaine Werner Von Ebrennac
Marie Bunel ... Marie
Timothée Ferrand Timothée Ferrand ... Pierre
Jean-Baptiste Puech Jean-Baptiste Puech ... Pascal
Jorg Schnass Jorg Schnass ... Le premier officier (as Jörg Schnass)
Jorn Cambreleng Jorn Cambreleng ... Le deuxième officier (as Jörn Cambreleng)
Franck Beckmann Franck Beckmann ... L'ordonnance
Alexander Ashkenazy Alexander Ashkenazy ... François
Hélène Vauquois Hélène Vauquois ... La mère de François
Jean Philippe Mesmain Jean Philippe Mesmain ... Le père de Solange
Lucie Barret Lucie Barret ... Solange
Claude Andrzejewski Claude Andrzejewski ... Louis
Tony Lotaire Tony Lotaire ... L'enfant de 12 ans
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In a small town in the West of France, during the German Occupation, a room is requisitioned by a Wehrmacht captain, Werner von Ebrennac. The house where he now stays is inhabited by young Jeanne, who makes a living by giving piano lessons, and by her grandfather. Quite upset, the two "hosts" decide to resist the occupier by never speaking a word to him. Now Werner is a lover of France and its culture, and he tries to persuade them that a rapprochement between Germany and France would be beneficial for the two nations. Quite unexpectedly Jeanne, little by little, falls in love with Werner. At the same time, the francophile officer loses his illusions, realizing at last that what Nazi Germany actually wants is to thrall France and to stifle its culture... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

24 October 2004 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Havets tystnad See more »

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Trivia

Awards: Prix de la meilleure fiction unitaire (Pierre Boutron), Prix d'interprétation fémiine (Julie Delarme) et Prix de la meilleure musique (Angélique et Jean-Claude Nachon) au Festival de Fiction TV de Saint-Tropez 2004. See more »

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At 3:18 the tombstone's second line give the dates 1891-1952 while the movie story is set during the occupation of France in 1941. The stone has been rectified in the second shot at 3:27 to 1891-1932... See more »

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Version of The Silence of the Sea (1946) See more »

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I don't speak French but.........
28 June 2005 | by cornetarquinSee all my reviews

What a truly wonderful film. I have never seen the original but if it is better than this version it must be very,very good. I enjoyed the performances of the three main characters immensely and have watched the film time and time again. The strange thing is that I a don't actually speak French yet have been moved by the storyline and acting to want to watch it over and over again. I think I'm right in saying that this film hasn't been shown in England but with the addition of subtitles there is no reason it shouldn't. Channel Four Television recently had a 100 best war film programme that included many great films of that genre. In my opinion this is right up there with the best of them. Thanks to Pierre Boutron(Director) and stars Thomas Jouannet, Julie Delarme and Michel Galabru for a film that is simply a treasure.


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