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A Bag of Marbles (2017)

Un sac de billes (original title)
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The adventure of a Jewish boy and his brother escaping Nazi persecution in occupied France.

Director:

Christian Duguay

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Jonathan Allouche (original screenplay), Christian Duguay (adaptation) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorian Le Clech Dorian Le Clech ... Joseph Joffo
Batyste Fleurial Batyste Fleurial ... Maurice Joffo (as Batyste Fleurial Palmieri)
Patrick Bruel ... Roman Joffo
Elsa Zylberstein ... Anna Joffo
Bernard Campan ... Amboise Mancelier
Kev Adams ... Ferdinand
Christian Clavier ... Docteur Rosen
César Domboy ... Henri Joffo
Ilian Bergala Ilian Bergala ... Albert Joffo
Emile Berling Emile Berling ... Raoul Mancelier
Jocelyne Desverchère Jocelyne Desverchère ... Marcelle Mancelier
Coline Leclère Coline Leclère ... Françoise
Eric Bougnon Eric Bougnon ... Subinagué
Joël Dupuch Joël Dupuch ... Julien, le boulanger
Holger Daemgen Holger Daemgen ... Alois Brunner
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The adventure of a Jewish boy and his brother escaping Nazi persecution in occupied France.

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Official Sites:

Gaumont [France]

Language:

French | German | Yiddish | Russian

Release Date:

23 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bag of Marbles See more »

Filming Locations:

Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,420, 25 March 2018

Gross USA:

$411,318

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,898,998
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2.35 : 1
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Beautiful Tribute
14 August 2017 | by waitsfortherainSee all my reviews

There is a borderline territory between reality and dreams where we all dwell in early childhood. As we grow up, it starts fading away. By the time we become adults, most of us can hardly remember having been there. To bring it back is unthinkable. No one can do it. Yet, with varying degrees of success, some insist on trying. The vehicle they choose also varies a lot. It can be a novel, a play, a poem, a song- - or a film. Some of the most amazing re-creations of the lost territory between reality and dreams are films directed by immensely gifted artists who, from the start, knew exactly what they were after and not for a moment lost track of what they had to do to get it. This kind of film cannot afford being "all right." It must be perfect. Otherwise the whole project fails. Nothing happens. It becomes a film that never was.

"A Bag of Marbles" may be one of the four or five films of that kind ever made without a single frame that could be called phony. I cannot remember the last time I saw a regular audience, not the audience of a premiere or a film festival, applaud in the end. It never fails to move me when it happens. It happened yesterday at the end of this marvelous film, made with so much care that it's destined to become a milestone. Photography couldn't be more beautiful, nor could the art direction, bringing to life in the most extraordinary way the atmosphere of occupied France in the early 1940s. The music is perfect. The screenplay is a gem, its treatment of time being absolutely breathtaking. But the star of the show really is the casting director. It's very rare to see a film with so many peripheral characters in which every single actor has been cast to perfection. Not to mention the choice of Dorian Le Clech, the little boy who plays the lead. A really long time will have to go by until we see another child play such a complex character with so much authority.

The man who put it all together, turning "A Bag of Marbles" into one of the most rewarding experiences in movie-going anyone may have had in years, surely deserves the beautiful, quite unexpected tribute I saw him get from a regular audience as the film ended and they realized Christian Duguay had honored them with a masterpiece.


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