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Les combattants (2014)

Unrated | | Comedy, Romance | 20 August 2014 (France)
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Between his friends and the family business, Arnaud's summer looks set to be a peaceful one. Peaceful until he runs into Madeleine, as beautiful as she is brusque, a concrete block of ... See full summary »

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Thomas Cailley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adèle Haenel ... Madeleine Beaulieu
Kévin Azaïs ... Arnaud Labrède
Antoine Laurent Antoine Laurent ... Manu Labrède
Brigitte Roüan Brigitte Roüan ... Hélène Labrède
William Lebghil ... Xavier
Thibaut Berducat Thibaut Berducat ... Victor
Nicolas Wanczycki Nicolas Wanczycki ... Lieutenant Schlieffer
Frédéric Pellegeay Frédéric Pellegeay ... Le recruteur
Steve Tientcheu Steve Tientcheu ... Adjudant Ruiz
Franc Bruneau Franc Bruneau ... Le conseiller funéraire
Maxime Mège Maxime Mège ... Adrien
Clément Allemand Clément Allemand ... Jordan
Barbara Ayse Barbara Ayse ... Laurie
Coumba Seck Coumba Seck ... Aminata
Islam Magomadov Islam Magomadov ... Stagiaire PM
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Between his friends and the family business, Arnaud's summer looks set to be a peaceful one. Peaceful until he runs into Madeleine, as beautiful as she is brusque, a concrete block of tensed muscles and doomsday prophecies. He expects nothing; she prepares for the worst. He takes things as they come, likes a good laugh. She fights, runs, swims, pushes herself to the limit. Given she hasn't asked him for anything, just how far will he go along with her? It's a love story. Or a story of survival. Or both. Written by Directors' Fortnight

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 August 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A küzdők See more »

Filming Locations:

Béarn, Aquitaine, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,365, 29 May 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,598, 28 June 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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French visa # 137589. See more »

Quotes

Manu Labrède: The army is hard up.
Manu Labrède: It is the number one recruiter in France.
Arnaud Labrède: Number two.
Arnaud Labrède: The first is McDonald's.
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Vers la côté
Composed by Benoit Rault / Philippe Deshaies / Lionel Flairs
Performed by Hit+Run
© 2014 Nord-Ouest Films
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love Adèle Haenel and the camp
27 March 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Arnaud Labrède and his older brother Manu are dealing with their father's death. Manu is trying to keep the family building business afloat. Arnaud is hanging out with his friends who sign him up to wrestle with Madeleine Beaulieu. He starts losing to her and he bites her. He and Manu sell to Madeleine's parents despite her objections. She is a bitter loner and obsessed with joining an elite army unit. She attends a preparation camp and he follows her.

Adèle Haenel delivers a compelling odd-ball character. Kévin Azaïs is a bit too much of a mouth-breather especially early on. However, his character takes a turn at the camp and that's where the movie has the most fun. I love the duo's relationship during the camp and I think the movie could excel by staying there. There is more story to tell in that place. I don't mind the Blue Lagoon detour but it is a bit simple.


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