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This selection offers drama but often with a touch of comedy, and although there are some serious themes, and occasional violence or tragedy, there isn't anything too 'heavy'.

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  • L'Etudiente et Monsieur Henri

    L'Etudiente et Monsieur Henri

  • Ce Qui Nous Lie

    Ce Qui Nous Lie

  • En Equilibre

    En Equilibre

  • Médecin de Campagne

    Médecin de Campagne

  • Dans La Cour

    Dans La Cour

  • Les Adoptés

    Les Adoptés

  • Cézanne et Moi

    Cézanne et moi

  • Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti

    Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti

  • Miss Montigny

    Miss Montigny

  • Les hommes du feu

    Les hommes du feu

  • Un Homme Idéal

    Un Homme Idéal

  • Hippocrate

    Hippocrate

  • Le Concert

    Le Concert

  • Belle et Sébastien

    Belle et Sébastien

  • Prendre le large

    Prendre le large

  • Après l'hiver, le printemps

    Après l'hiver, le printemps

  • Le monde est à toi

    Le monde est à toi

  • La Villa

    La Villa

  • Primaire

    Primaire

  • Les petits mouchoirs

    Les petits mouchoirs

  • La vie en miettes

    La vie en miettes

  • La guerre des boutons

    La guerre des boutons

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La guerre des boutons
La (nouvelle) guerre des boutons (2011)
Based on the book by Louis Pergaud published in 1912 and set in rural France this film features a 'war' between rivals gangs of kids from neighbouring villages. Play escalates into violence and removing the buttons from the other side's captives represents the spoils of war. There is humour but I've chosen not to categorise it as a comedy.

Surprisingly I've found very little commentary comparing this film with an earlier one of 1962, which is unusual. This later version is set during the WW2, providing a separate scenario wherein a local woman, Simone, has returned from Paris to the village with a young girl, Violette. This is Vichy France and the girl is in fact Jewish.

The village school master is more than he seems, as are a number of the locals. So while the kids battle it out for the buttons, there is another battle being planned by the free French. One particularly nasty Millice is looking for trouble and when the Mayor's son is kicked out of his gang for 'informing', he 'spills the beans' and Violette is placed in jeopardy.

The novel is somewhat of a classic for French children and most French people will be familiar with the original story. The children are great, particularly Petit Gibus, who tags along with the seemingly much older group and always wants to be part of the action. Laetitia Casta adds more than a touch of glamour as Simone, while Kad Merad once again displays his versatility as the father of Lebrac, Lebrac being the leader of the village gang.

The language is a bit near the mark at times, although unless you have a grip on informal French insults it's unlikely you will catch what is being said. But the subtitles will, of course, provide equally fruity English equivalents.
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