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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 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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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,365, 29 May 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,598, 28 June 2015
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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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French visa # 137589. See more »

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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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On survit
by Les combattants cast
© 2014 Nord-Ouest Films
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A Delightful Coming-Of-Age Film. ♦ Grade C+
25 August 2015 | by TejasNairSee all my reviews

There seems to be some confusion regarding the genre of this film. Both Wikipedia and the film's official website claim it to be a romantic comedy. While there is a faint streak of romance in here, comedy only peeks inside a couple times from the far window.

In this coming-of-age story about two wanderers, played exceptionally by Haenel and Azais, the point made is that of survival. Sampling metaphor in its most basic form, the lead characters explore the idea of survival in a world which is ever inching closer to extinction. At least that's what one of them thinks. That living life by not doing anything specific is what survival means, remarks the other, eventually giving rise to a romantic connexion.

The story is well-written and is driven forward with brilliant use of electronic music and an even pace. However, the story turns flat towards the end, making the whole setup look like it was all about letting the characters fall in love, which in the Hollywood happens just after two pints of beer.

I might have chuckled a couple times, but that's it. So people who are expecting to laugh out should check their options. Otherwise, it is a delightful drama which will most probably bring a smile on your face. The depiction of nature is also enchanting.

BOTTOM LINE: Love at First Fight will be an enjoyable ride to those who seek pleasure in nature, small things, and blooming romance.

GRADE: C+. A good afternoon watch.

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? NO

Nudity/Sex: Medium


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