La France

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Winner of the Prix Jean Vigo for the best French debut film, Serge Bozon s La France is (a WWI movie like none other - NY Times). An intoxicating blend of wartime romance and brightly colored musical, the film depicts an original world (where Bresson... read more

Winner of the Prix Jean Vigo for the best French debut film, Serge Bozon s La France is (a WWI movie like none other - NY Times). An intoxicating blend of wartime romance and brightly colored musical, the film depicts an original world (where Bresson meets the Beatles - Variety). French farm girl Camille (Sylvie Testud) is awaiting news of her husband (the late Guillaume Depardieu), who is fighting at the front. After she receives an enigmatic letter ending their relationship, she dresses up as a boy and joins a wandering regiment in search of her estranged love. Skirting the edges of battlefields, the platoon haunts the screen like shell-shocked specters, awakening for four uncannily beautiful musical numbers played on homemade string instruments. The tunes are disarmingly catchy 60s pop, an attempt to imagine utopia in the midst of hell. A striking vision that reaches for the sublime amidst the dehumanizing horror of war, La France is a highly acclaimed work of art.

Original Release

09/21/2007

US Release

07/11/2008

Cast

Directors

Serge Bozon

Writers

Serge Bozon, Axelle Ropert

Cast

Sylvie Testud Camille
Pascal Greggory Le lieutenant
Guillaume Verdier Le cadet
François Négret Jacques
Laurent Talon Antoine
Pierre Léon Alfred
Guillaume Depardieu François / François Robin
Jean-Christophe Bouvet Elias
Benjamin Esdraffo Pierre
Didier Brice Sean / Jean
Laurent Lacotte Frédéric
Bob Boisadan Le guitariste
Lionel Turchi Le violoniste
Michel Fossiez Le hautboïste
Emmanuel Levaufre Le fils d'Elias
Cécile Reigher Le soeur de Camille
Philippe Chemin L'agent de liaison
Mehdi Zannad La sentinelle
Laurent Valéro Le bandonéoniste
Vincent Fraiscinet Le gendarme

Producers

Editors

François Quiqueré

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