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Return of the Hero (2018)

Le retour du héros (original title)
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1809, France. Captain Neuville is called to the front, leaving his future bride heartbroken. Her sister decides to write letters on his behalf to cheer her up. But it all goes south when Neuville reappears.

Director:

Laurent Tirard

Writers:

Laurent Tirard (screenplay), Grégoire Vigneron (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Dujardin ... Capitaine Charles-Grégoire Neuville
Mélanie Laurent ... Elisabeth Beaugrand
Noémie Merlant ... Pauline
Christophe Montenez Christophe Montenez ... Nicolas
Evelyne Buyle Evelyne Buyle ... Madame Beaugrand
Christian Bujeau ... Monsieur Beaugrand
Féodor Atkine ... Général Mortier-Duplessis
Fabienne Galula Fabienne Galula ... Eugénie
Laurent Bateau Laurent Bateau ... Monsieur Dunoyer
Jean-Michel Lahmi Jean-Michel Lahmi ... Monsieur Loiseau
Aurélie Boquien Aurélie Boquien ... Madame Dunoyer
Hugues Martel Hugues Martel ... Le médecin
Mathilde Roehrich ... La domestique
Christophe Clausier Christophe Clausier ... Le messager
Virgil Canteloup Virgil Canteloup ... Julien le commis
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1809, France. Captain Neuville is called to the front, leaving his future bride heartbroken. Her sister decides to write letters on his behalf to cheer her up. But it all goes south when Neuville reappears.

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Capitaine Charles-Grégoire Neuville: [reading inscription on memorial to Neuville] "In memory of Captain Charles-Gregoire Neuville, hero of the Empire. May his spirit and example forever inspire our town's inhabitants."
Elisabeth Beaugrand: You see the problem now? Such daring, such courage and panache... He was an extraordinary man.
Capitaine Charles-Grégoire Neuville: Who?
Elisabeth Beaugrand: Well, not you.
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Great comedy, superb acting by the leads, weak last 10 minutes
19 May 2018 | by adrian-43767See all my reviews

LE RETOUR DU HÉROS turned out far better than I had expected. Director Laurent Tirard is an unknown to me, but he does a competent job and the film generally flows, punctuated by some exceedingly funny moments, and others which reflect keen observation of human nature.

In addition, despite its palaces and smartly dressed people, the action and dialogue are firmly 21st Century. One of the highlights is the returning hero, played by Jean Dujardin, looking dirty and fallen from grace, accidentally spits on a passing baby. Dujardin, an Oscar winner with THE ARTIST, is in good form but it is Mélanie Laurent who steals the show with her intelligent eyes, beautiful face, and impeccably timed delivery, at times delightfully dry, at others quite ebullient.

The exaggerated accounts of Dujardin's "bravery," and the way Laurent lifts or deflates them, according to her interests, are a real pleasure to watch.

I think the film should have ended with the marriage, the last 5-10 mins are the weakest, but by then I felt I had had my money's worth. 8/10


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France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 February 2018 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$761, 2 September 2018

Gross USA:

$37,108

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,362,730
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