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Le grand homme (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama | 13 August 2014 (France)
Markov and Hamilton are fellow French Legionnaire's at the end of their posting in Afghanistan. An ambush results in an abdication of duty-despite it stemming from an act of fidelity. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hamilton / Michaël Hernandez
... Markov / Mourad Massaev
Ramzan Idiev ... Khadji
Daniel Fassi ... Gradé Afghanistan
Jean-Yves Ruf ... Colonel Lacour
Sabine Massé ... Sabina
... Johnson
Paul Massé ... Magomed
Laura Arsangereeva ... Madina
Issita Arslanov ... Issita
Michaël Klein ... Directeur d'école
Daphné Dumons ... Camille
Manon Gineste ... Maëva
Sava Lolov ... Dr. Arnold
Guillaume Verdier ... Sergent-chef Gao


Markov and Hamilton are fellow French Legionnaire's at the end of their posting in Afghanistan. An ambush results in an abdication of duty-despite it stemming from an act of fidelity. Markov joined the Legion as a foreign refugee, hoping to gain his French citizenship and provide a better life for his young son. Ultimately, the complications of immigration and legal status takes a heartbreaking turn but also a primal urge to do right by those who have committed their lives to saving others'. Written by TV

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Release Date:

13 August 2014 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Great Man  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$851, 28 August 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,228, 30 August 2015
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1.85 : 1
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Surho Sugaipov who plays Markov in this Movie is actually living in Germany and does not speak French. He learned all his text by heart. See more »

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Interesting But Not Compelling
28 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

Hamilton and Markov are inseparable buddies in the Foreign Legion. They are also young enough to disobey orders and get themselves in trouble. They stray off their Afghan patrol route and, sure enough, Hamilton is seriously wounded in an ambush. Markov carries him back to their post for emergency treatment, thereby saving his life. When their enlistment is up they are mustered out of the service, and Hamilton is home free in Paris. Markov is also in Paris, but not home free - his family are unregistered aliens and are sent home to Chechnya. He and his 8 year-old son are left to shift for themselves - uneasily, as his son does not remember him or like him very much. At this point there was still a tepid hour to go, and I wished for the element of tension produced when the two were on patrol in Afghanistan.

What follows is a soap opera-type story, all of it told in one tone of voice, much like reading a letter. There are no emotional highs or lows to arrest the audience or to give us a rooting interest. And so, we watch from a detached distance and have no need to get involved. I fault the director, with whom I am unfamiliar. There were 5 audience members at my showing, and Ms. Petit will have to improve if her future audiences are to increase. The background music was grating but the tone had been set. I was thinking about the bus schedule for the trip home.

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