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La France (2007)

In France in the darkest days of the Great War Camille receives an alarming letter from her soldier boyfriend. Disguising herself as a man she sets off to try and find him. As she lives ... See full summary »

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Serge Bozon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvie Testud ... Camille
Pascal Greggory Pascal Greggory ... Le lieutenant
Guillaume Verdier Guillaume Verdier ... Le cadet
François Négret François Négret ... Jacques
Laurent Talon Laurent Talon ... Antoine
Pierre Léon Pierre Léon ... Alfred
Benjamin Esdraffo Benjamin Esdraffo ... Pierre
Didier Brice Didier Brice ... Jean
Laurent Lacotte Laurent Lacotte ... Frédéric
Bob Boisadan Bob Boisadan ... Le guitariste
Lionel Turchi Lionel Turchi ... Le violoniste
Laurent Valéro Laurent Valéro ... Le bandonéoniste
Michel Fossiez Michel Fossiez ... Le hautboïste
Jean-Christophe Bouvet ... Elias
Emmanuel Levaufre Emmanuel Levaufre ... Le fils d'Elias
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In France in the darkest days of the Great War Camille receives an alarming letter from her soldier boyfriend. Disguising herself as a man she sets off to try and find him. As she lives near the Western Fromt she hooks up with a passing group of French soldiers without too much trouble. But there's something a bit odd about these stragglers, and it's not just their habit of bursting into song at every opportunity. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Drama | Musical | Romance | War

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

€1,800,000 (estimated)
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DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Bozon stated in a Cinema Scope interview that the film was shot using "a film stock never used before to shoot a movie, Kodak 5299, which is usually used as an intermediate film in numerical post-production." This was used to achieve the so-called "aquarium feeling" of the film's night scenes. See more »

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A musical about a company of soldiers during WW I
6 April 2008 | by raseczSee all my reviews

I would not have watched this film had I known it was a musical. Not my genre. There are only four songs and they are mercifully not too long. They were recorded live while shooting and the compositions have an odd unpolished quality.

It's 1917 in northern France. A company of eleven French soldiers, including a lieutenant, are moving through the countryside. A woman impersonating a man succeeds in joining the company. While the mission of the company is not immediately revealed, the woman is on a quest to find her husband, also a soldier at the front, whose whereabouts are unknown. The film is taken up by the journey of those twelve characters.

The war is near but battles don't make it to the screen. You may see some smoke, hear the sound of cannons and explosions, and see a few dead bodies. The war is context but it's depiction is not central. The stress is on the men of the company and the interloper they have adopted.

The musical numbers are surreal interludes. Out of the blue makeshift instruments appear, mostly string, a piano once and a clarinet. Obviously the soldiers are not carrying them around. It's fanciful and it rubbed me in the wrong way.


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