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Henry Dunant: Du rouge sur la croix (2006)

Henry Dunant, son of a Geneva francophone upper class bourgeoisie family, works for a Swiss exploitation company in French Algeria; when the colonists are thirsty, he returns determined to ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Jouannet ... Henry Dunant
Émilie Dequenne ... Cécile Thuillier
Noémie Kocher ... Léonie Bourg-Thibourg
Michel Galabru ... Hubert Dunant
Jean-François Balmer ... Arthur Thuillier
Vincent Winterhalter Vincent Winterhalter ... Louis Appia
Samuel Labarthe ... Daniel Dunant
Vania Vilers ... Pierre Bourg-Thibourg
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Général Dufour
Fritz Karl ... Colonel Delaroche
Fritz von Friedl Fritz von Friedl ... Von Eckert
Tom Novembre Tom Novembre ... Napoléon III
Anne Comte Anne Comte ... Sophie Dunant
Jacques Michel Jacques Michel ... Jean-Jacques Dunant
Angelo Kreuzberger Angelo Kreuzberger ... Luigi


Henry Dunant, son of a Geneva francophone upper class bourgeoisie family, works for a Swiss exploitation company in French Algeria; when the colonists are thirsty, he returns determined to convince the firm and emperor Napoleon III to build a dam for them. After his Uncle, Dr. Hubert Dunant, diagnoses him not with Algerian typhus, just malaria, also his first meeting -dropping drawers in hospital for a shot- with nurse Cécile Thuillier, and meeting his careerist brother Daniel's fiancée, Léonie Bourg-Thibourg, daughter of the firm's boss, the board approves his plan. On his way to the emperor, who didn't even concede to receive him, Henry gets stuck in Castiglione, part of the Austrian province Lombardy which French troops came to 'liberate'; his Geneva friend Dr. Louis Appia saves his life by presenting him to suspicious Austrian troops as his medical assistant, and he soon gets passionate about senseless cruelties of war while helping out with what he learned from grandpa. Cécile, ... Written by KGF Vissers

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27 February 2007 (France) See more »

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Excellent movie, shows both side of history
17 April 2006 | by swissmovieguySee all my reviews

The year is 1859, the warfare has emerged from old large-scale battles to smaller fights, but the treatment of the wounded hasn't been improved.

Henry Dunant, who is not a doctor but more like a 19th century "Indiana Jones", sees the cruelty of war and decides to fight it.

Most people probably know the base rules of the red cross. This movie shows the difficulties how it got founded, and how the life of his founder was.

The movie had a quite large budget for an historical-TV-production, and I loved to see it. Maybe more interesting if you're interested in history or/and are swiss, because most parts of the movie plays in Geneva, but it will be definitely a good buy.

Both thumbs up, I will recommend it everyone and especially people who thinks that the movie might be historic crap might be positively surprised.

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