War of the Buttons

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La Guerre des boutons or War of the Buttons is a 1962 French film directed by Yves Robert. War of the Buttons is about two rival kid gangs whose playful combats escalate into violence. The title derives from the buttons that are cut off from the rival... read more

La Guerre des boutons or War of the Buttons is a 1962 French film directed by Yves Robert. War of the Buttons is about two rival kid gangs whose playful combats escalate into violence. The title derives from the buttons that are cut off from the rival team's clothes as combat trophies. The film is based on La Guerre des boutons, a novel by Louis Pergaud (1882–1915), who was killed in action in World War I and whose works portray a fervent anti-militarism. The young and largely untrained actors included André Treton ("Lebrac"), Michel Isella ("l'Aztec") and Martin Lartigue ("Petit Gibus"). The character Petit Gibus's line of dialogue - uttered in frustration - "si j'aurais su, j'aurais pas v'nu" ("if I woulda known, I wouldn'ta come"), with its incorrect grammar (the correct form should be: "si j'avais su, je ne serais pas venu") has become a familiar tagline in France (the line was not in the original novel). The film won France's Prix Jean Vigo. The film was remade in Ireland in 1994 as War of the Buttons, in an Irish setting, and again in France in 2011, with the original title.

Original Release

09/14/2011

Cast

Eric Elmosnino Maître Merlin
Mathilde Seigner La mère de Lebrac
Fred Testot Le père Simon
Alain Chabat Maître Labru
Vincent Bres William Lebrac
Salome Lemire Lanterne
Théo Bertrand L'Aztec
Tristan Vichard Tigibus
Tom Rivoire Grangibus
Louis Lefebvre Camus
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Yann Samuell

Writers

Yann Samuell, Louis Pergaud

Cast

Eric Elmosnino Maître Merlin
Mathilde Seigner La mère de Lebrac
Fred Testot Le père Simon
Alain Chabat Maître Labru
Vincent Bres William Lebrac
Salome Lemire Lanterne
Théo Bertrand L'Aztec
Tristan Vichard Tigibus
Tom Rivoire Grangibus
Louis Lefebvre Camus
Victor Le Blond Bacaillé
Bastien Bouillon Tintin
Christian Hecq Zéphirin (as Christian Hec de la Comédie-Française)
Tom Terrail Grandgibus
Arthur Garnier Lacrique
June Maître Octavie
Paloma Lebeaut La petite soeur de Lebrac
Théo Fernandez Papier mâché
Antonio Tavarez Migue la lune
Matéo Faye Le verlan prisonnier

Producers

Editors

Sylvie Landra

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