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War of the Buttons (2011)

La guerre des boutons (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Family | 14 September 2011 (France)
In the countryside of France, two groups of boys from the rural villages of Longeverne and Velran are in constant war against each other. Their war is a tradition that passes from father to... See full summary »

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Yann Samuell

Writers:

Louis Pergaud (novel), Yann Samuell (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Elmosnino ... Maître Merlin
Mathilde Seigner ... La mère de Lebrac
Fred Testot Fred Testot ... Le père Simon
Alain Chabat ... Maître Labru
Vincent Bres Vincent Bres ... William Lebrac
Salomé Lemire Salomé Lemire ... Lanterne
Théo Bertrand Théo Bertrand ... L'Aztec
Tristan Vichard Tristan Vichard ... Tigibus
Tom Terrail Tom Terrail ... Grandgibus
Louis Lefèbvre Louis Lefèbvre ... Camus
Victor Le Blond Victor Le Blond ... Bacaillé
Arthur Garnier Arthur Garnier ... Lacrique
June Maître June Maître ... Octavie
Paloma Lebeaut Paloma Lebeaut ... La petite soeur de Lebrac
Théo Fernandez ... Papier mâché
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In the countryside of France, two groups of boys from the rural villages of Longeverne and Velran are in constant war against each other. Their war is a tradition that passes from father to son and without a motive but the rivalry between the peasants. During the Second World War, the Longeverne boys are led by the intelligent William Lebrac, who has been the backer of his family since his father died, while the Velrans are led by the wicked Aztec. The boys are frequently fighting with their wooden swords, throwing rotten fruits or building traps in the woods expecting to remove the buttons from the enemies' clothes. But Lebrac is coming of age and he has a crush on the girl Lanterne while his teacher Merlin offers the chance for him to have a better study in another village. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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1940s The thrilling battles waged by a band of kids from two rival villages in the southern French countryside.

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Adventure | Family

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 September 2011 (France) See more »

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War of the Buttons See more »

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France

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Yann Samuell's treatment was pitched at Cannes in May 2010, generating an enormous amount of enthusiasm. Other projects bearing the same title surfaced in October of the same year. See more »

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When Lanterne leads the group through the village, a satellite dish is clearly visible on a roof behind the well in the village center. See more »

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A series of blackboard-style animations depicting 'la guerre des boutons' appears during the credits. See more »

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References Cinema Paradiso (1988) See more »

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Colonel Bogey March
(uncredited)
Written by Kenneth Alford
Heard on the PA during the soccer match
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A Beautiful Metaphor against the Wars
9 January 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the countryside of France, two groups of boys from the rural villages of Longeverne and Velran are in constant war against each other. Their war is a tradition that passes from father to son and without a motive but the rivalry between the peasants.

During the Algerian War, the Longeverne boys are led by the intelligent William Lebrac (Vincent Bres), who has been the backer of his family since his father died, while the Velrans are led by the wicked Aztec (Théo Bertrand). The boys are frequently fighting with their wooden swords, throwing rotten fruits or building traps in the woods expecting to remove the buttons from the enemies' clothes. But Lebrac is coming of age and he has a crush on the girl Lanterne (Salomé Lemire) while his teacher Merlin (Eric Elmosnino) offers the chance for him to have a better study in another village.

"La Guerre des Boutons" is a delightful French movie with a beautiful metaphor against the wars. The story of tradition, loyalty, friendship, courage, betrayal and first love can be understood in different levels and brings high values for either of them; therefore it is appropriate for families that will be certainly satisfied with the adventures of the Longeverne and Velran boys.

The actors and actresses deserve a special reference with surprisingly great performances. I believe that any viewer will "fall in love" with the little Tigibus; Lanterne; Lebrac; and even with the villain Aztec. The dispute between the teachers Merlin and Labru is also very funny. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Guerra dos Botões" ("The War of the Buttons")


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