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Déi zwéi vum Bierg (1985)

Drama about the friendship of 2 young guys in a small village in Luxembourg, under Nazi occupation during World war 2

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Henri Losch
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Credited cast:
Norbert Anthony Norbert Anthony
Pit Bertemes Pit Bertemes ... Jos - de Refraktär
Ali Bintz Ali Bintz ... Deckesch Dëmm
Jean-Paul Boden Jean-Paul Boden ... Petit rôle (as J. Paul Boden)
Josy Braun Josy Braun ... 2. Gestapo
Jean Clerf Jean Clerf ... Réidengs Néckel
Francis Delé Francis Delé
Emile Duhr Emile Duhr
Jängi Duhr Jängi Duhr ... Giischtchen
Anne Faber Anne Faber
Marie-Christine Faber Marie-Christine Faber ... Zimmesch Gréit
Mathias Fellens Mathias Fellens
Fernand Fox Fernand Fox ... Zimmesch Jemp
Juliette François Juliette François ... Deckesch Rous
Roland Gaul Roland Gaul
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Storyline

Mill, an undertaker and farmer, and Felten, the organist of the church, live in a small Luxembourg village near the Belgian border. They have been friends for long and have sworn to stand by each other through thick and thin. But this pledge will be challenged both by their love rivalry for Josette and by the War that comes over the village and upsets their lives. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

Luxembourg

Language:

Luxembourgish

Release Date:

27 January 1985 (Luxembourg) See more »

Filming Locations:

Everlange, Luxembourg

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RTL Hei-Elei Produktioun See more »
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In 1985 Henri Losch's adapted his screenplay was a novel "Sou lang een drun denkt... Grouss a kleng am kirch". It was prefaced by Aloyse Roths. See more »

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Fleur de Paris
Music by Henri Bourtayre
Lyrics by Maurice Vandair
Played on the accordion by Arsène Seyl
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War days in Luxembourg
9 February 2014 | by guy-bellingerSee all my reviews

"Déi Zwéi vum Bierg" is a (very cheap) production made by unknown directors (Mann Bodson, Marc Ollinger & Gast Rollinger) in one of the tiniest countries in the world (Luxembourg), boasting neither star attraction nor great action scenes. And yet watching this 'little' TV film proves quite a rewarding experience. How has such a miracle been possible? First thanks to Henri Losch's script (the chronicle of the lives of two friends in a small village near the Belgian border), which soon proves far more high reaching than one could have thought. To begin with, it is set in the past and thus entails a minimum of historical reconstruction ; even more demanding is the fact that it spans the four years and a half of the most troubled period of the Twentieth Century Luxembourg went through. Having the action open with the celebration of New Year's Eve on 31 December 1939 and close after the end of hostilities is evidence that Henri Losch and the directors display great ambition. Not only are they bold enough to span the whole war period, complete with the times of prewar threat, the Nazi Occupation and its attendant woes (including the choice of collaboration, resistance or the wait-and-see approach) but they also illustrate the immediate postwar era, its joys and (which is less common in most war movies) its painful aftermath. This way they manage to make the village, although described with scrupulous authenticity, a microcosm emblematic of the whole Grand- Duchy of Luxembourg and by extension of any occupied country in the world. But if the stakes are high, ambition alone does not make a good work of art unless an artist lives up to it. Well, it must be said, Losch, Bodson, Ollinger & Rollinger, for all their Poverty Row budget, do not show themselves unworthy of their subject . Of course this is not "The Longest Day" or, to be more relevant geographically, "The Battle of the Bulge", but the oppression of war IS palpable on the screen from the first to the very last minute. The presence of the Gestapo and its collaborators, arrests and deaths are enough to burden the atmosphere. Epic battles would surely have been spectacular but would have added nothing to the funereal ambiance that pervades the whole film, including during the final "happy" chapter. All the actors, professional or not, provide a globally satisfactory performance, particularly Christian Kmiotek and Fernand Mathes as Mill and Felten, the two young villagers who have sworn to stand by each other through thick and thin. Also convincing are Henri Losch (the screenwriter) as the vicar and Fernand Fox as Jemp, the collaborator- out-of-weakness. But the award goes to the talented Marie-Christine Faber who successfully makes her character (Jemp's German-born wife and dedicated Nazi follower) a hateful creature. All in all, "Déi Zwéi vum Bierg" is the striking demonstration that you can achieve something if you really believe in it. If you do not have much money then do like the makers of this movie, put all your heart in it, mobilize the energies all the people of good will around you and go for it! Money may be the sinews of war but is in no way an absolute necessity.


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