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Les enfants du marais (1999)

A chronicle of a group of friends in rural France in 1918. Garris and Riton live in the marshlands along the banks of the Loire river. Riton is afflicted with a bad-tempered wife and three ... See full summary »

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Riton
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Garriss
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Amédée
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Pépé la Rainette
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Marie
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Jo Sardi
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Old Cri Cri
Jacques Dufilho ...
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Madame Mercier
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Félix
Élisabeth Commelin ...
Marthe (as Elisabeth Commelin)
Julie Marboeuf ...
Emilie
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Berthe
Philippe Magnan ...
Laurent
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Tane
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A chronicle of a group of friends in rural France in 1918. Garris and Riton live in the marshlands along the banks of the Loire river. Riton is afflicted with a bad-tempered wife and three unruly children. Garris lives alone with his recollections of World War I trenches. Their daily life consists of seasonal work and visits from their two pals: Tane, the local train conductor and Amédée, a dreamer and voracious reader of classics. Meanwhile, Garris is overwhelmed by an unspoken love for a housemaid in the town, Marie... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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3 March 1999 (France)  »

Also Known As:

La fortuna de vivir  »

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Opening Weekend:

$47,140 (USA) (1 October 1999)

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$324,006 (USA) (7 November 1999)
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Goofs

At one point,there is a yellow letterbox in the background . Letterboxes were not yellow in France before the Sixties. See more »

Quotes

Riton: Never force your children to work, otherwise they may get used to it.
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Featured in Strawberry on the Shortcake: Episode #1.2 (2001) See more »

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Written by Patty S. Hill, Mildred J. Hill
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Slick- In- The- Muds
6 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

About once or twice a year I see a movie like this - most often, alas, from France or Italy - that makes me seriously wonder how, in this age of popcorn,slasher, and technology movies anyone gets the finance to make decent, honest, feelgood fare with little or no sex, violence, scatology just REAL people who look real and not like Actors ACTING, who just meander gently through life and celebrate 'old fashioned' values in lives punctuated by minor moments. This is just such a gem and it would be churlish to single out any of the fine actors involved, even Eric Cantona - presumably there to help financing

  • acquits himself passably in the little non-acting that is required of him.
A film like this reminds you that yes, Nostalgia IS what it used to be. 10/10


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