A Bag of Marbles

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This heartwarming adaptation of Joseph Joffo’s enduring memoir tells the story of the Nazi occupation through the eyes of two young Jewish boys struggling to survive on their own. Paris, 1941: Joseph and Maurice are the sons of Roman, the local barber. read more

This heartwarming adaptation of Joseph Joffo’s enduring memoir tells the story of the Nazi occupation through the eyes of two young Jewish boys struggling to survive on their own. Paris, 1941: Joseph and Maurice are the sons of Roman, the local barber. At 10 and 12, the boys have so little understanding of the persecution of Jews that Joseph thinks nothing of swapping his yellow star for a bag of marbles. Despite their naiveté, Roman knows that their best chance to escape the Nazi roundup is to flee on their own to Vichy France, where their older brothers Albert and Henri have found safe haven. Always one false move from tragedy, these tenacious urchins survive on courage, ingenuity and more than a bit of cunning as they make their precarious way through France hoping to reunite with their family. More than anything, it’s their brotherly bond that gets them through their ordeals. Patrick Bruel resonates as the Jewish family patriarch Roman, while newcomers Dorian Le Clech and Batyste Fleurial register an almost agonizing vulnerability as hapless innocents trying to outrun the barbarous machinery of war.

Original Release

01/18/2017

US Release

03/23/2018

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Cast

Patrick Bruel Roman Joffo / Roman
Elsa Zylberstein Anna Joffo / Anna
Christian Clavier Docteur Rosen
Bernard Campan Amboise Mancelier / Ambroise Mancelier
Kev Adams Ferdinand
César Domboy Henri Joffo / Henri
Holger Daemgen Alois Brunner
Fred Epaud Le curé Buffa
Michaël Erpelding Raymond
Pierre Kiwitt Officier SS 1 / SS Allemand
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Christian Duguay

Writers

Christian Duguay, Benoît Guichard, Laurent Zeitoun, Jonathan Allouche, Alexandra Geismar, Joseph Joffo

Cast

Patrick Bruel Roman Joffo / Roman
Elsa Zylberstein Anna Joffo / Anna
Christian Clavier Docteur Rosen
Bernard Campan Amboise Mancelier / Ambroise Mancelier
Kev Adams Ferdinand
César Domboy Henri Joffo / Henri
Holger Daemgen Alois Brunner
Fred Epaud Le curé Buffa
Michaël Erpelding Raymond
Pierre Kiwitt Officier SS 1 / SS Allemand
Vincent Nemeth Le professeur
Luc Palun L'homme patibulaire
Lucas Prisor Le contrôleur allemand / Contrôleur Allemand
Candide Sanchez Le fermier Cochon
Isabelle Ziental Ménagère
Ilian Bergala Albert Joffo / Albert
Emile Berling Raoul Mancelier
Jocelyne Desverchère Marcelle Mancelier
Joseph Joffo Self
Romain Paul Gérard

Producers

Editors

Olivier Gajan

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