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Un sac de billes (2017)

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The adventure of a Jewish boy and his brother escaping Nazi persecution in occupied France.


Christian Duguay


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


The adventure of a Jewish boy and his brother escaping Nazi persecution in occupied France.

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Gaumont [France]


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 »


Box Office


$21,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,420, 25 March 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$411,318, 26 July 2018
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Version of Un sac de billes (1975) See more »

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Very powerful movie about courage in impossible situations
3 August 2018 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Un Sac de Billes was shown in the United States with the translated title A Bag pf Marbles. The film was directed by Christian Duguay. The movie is set in Occupied France. A Jewish family knows that if they stay in Paris, they'll be captured and sent to a concentration camp. Their strategy was to escape to Vichy France. Vichy France was still under German control, but most of the occupying soldiers were Italian. When Italy signed an armistice with the allies, German soldiers moved in. Vichy France was no longer the relatively safe haven that it had been.

The movie follows two brothers as they painfully make their way to Vichy France, and then try to survive the Nazi occupation. The movie is based on the autobiography of the younger brother--Roman. So, we know that he survived to write about their ordeal. What happened to the rest of the family is something we learn as the movie progresses.

The two young actors (Dorian Le Clech as Joseph and Patrick Bruel as Roman) are superb. Equally excellent were the actors in supporting roles.

A Bag of Marbles is an outstanding movie. We saw it on the large screen at the JCC Hart Theatre as part of the wonderful Rochester Jewish Film Festival. The film has a solid IMDb rating of 7.3, but I think it's even better than that. It will work on the small screen. Seek it out and watch it!

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