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War of the Buttons (2011)

La nouvelle guerre des boutons (original title)
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Occupied France; Lebrac leads a play war between two rival kid gangs, but a girl he likes, who's Jewish, is in danger of being discovered by local Nazi sympathisers. Lebrac and the village must now respond to the reality of what's happening.

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Stéphane Keller (scenario), Christophe Barratier (scenario) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Texier Jean Texier ... Lebrac
Ilona Bachelier ... Violette
Clément Godefroy ... Petit Gibus
Théophile Baquet Théophile Baquet ... Grand Gibus
Louis Dussol Louis Dussol ... Bacaillé - Mayor's Kid
Harold Werner Harold Werner ... La Crique - Smart Kid
Nathan Parent Nathan Parent ... Camus
Thomas Goldberg Thomas Goldberg ... L'Aztec
Laetitia Casta ... Simone
Guillaume Canet ... Paul, L'instituteur (the teacher)
Kad Merad ... Le père Lebrac
Gérard Jugnot ... Le père L'Aztec
Marie Bunel ... La mère Lebrac
François Morel ... Le père Bacaillé, Mayor
Grégory Gatignol Grégory Gatignol ... Brochard
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Occupied France; Lebrac leads a play war between two rival kid gangs, but a girl he likes, who's Jewish, is in danger of being discovered by local Nazi sympathisers. Lebrac and the village must now respond to the reality of what's happening.

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The French Resistance came in all shapes and sizes.

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Adventure | Family

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Rated PG-13 for language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Many actors are recycled from "les Choristes", a movie from the same director. Some nods are present (the song "Maréchal", etc). See more »

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Version of War of the Buttons (1994) See more »

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27 September 2012 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

50 years after Yves Robert's famous version which was successful but was carefully kept "suitable for all audiences" and thus avoided Pergaud's Rabelaisian style .

Louis Pergaud is barely mentioned in the cast and credits ,the "screenwriters" taking the lion's share ;it must be said that the book has undergone lots of changes as Robert did in the early sixties:but whereas Robert transposed the action to his era,this new version chose the end of WW2,with its resistant fighters,the collaborators and traitors,the Jews protected by the Justs.It allows a parallel between the buttons war and the "real" war which is somewhat artificial though (who has not guessed the truth about the nice schoolteacher -played by talented Canet-? about Violette?)Pergaud's novel was written in 1913,and the writer died in the war that was about to break out.

The children remain true to form,particularly the young actor who plays Lebrac ,in love with Violette (who replaces the female character of the book ,La Marie-Tintin ,not always with good results : sometimes it flounders in the intellectual girl/boy dunce cliché ) who ,like Anne Frank ,writes a diary;Petit Gibus is funny ,although perhaps not as much as that of Yves Robert.

This is pleasant to watch ,but full of WW2 clichés and ,as far as the forthrightness of the language is concerned,not an improvement on its predecessor;I personally would take this black and white priceless early version any day.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 September 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Az újabb gombháború See more »

Filming Locations:

Auvergne, France See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,737, 14 October 2012

Gross USA:

$47,771

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,082,409
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2.35 : 1
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