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Le fusil de bois (1994)

In a dirty war the draftees do not care about ,maybe a fool is right not to play the game.


Pierre Delerive


Pierre Delerive


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Cast overview:
Samuel Le Bihan ... Dallers
Jordi Mollà ... Lagrange
Jean-François Garreaud Jean-François Garreaud ... Morin
Philippe Frécon Philippe Frécon ... Lemaire
Yves Collignon Yves Collignon ... Rapp
Frédéric Saurel Frédéric Saurel ... Martinet
Tonio Descanvelle Tonio Descanvelle ... Rouches
Fabrice Moussy Fabrice Moussy ... Minder
Daniele Popescu Daniele Popescu ... Benbeka
Catalin Paduraru Catalin Paduraru ... Manoni


In a dirty war the draftees do not care about ,maybe a fool is right not to play the game.

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Drama | War

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Every dog has his day.
29 April 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

End of the Algeria war ,1961.In a small base in the desert,a lieutenant is waiting for his promotion (he expects to become a captain any day now).Under his orders ,a sarge and a bunch of other conscripts.One of them is some kind of village idiot and ,for fear he might become mad,he was a given a wooden gun (hence the title).

Lagrange is the soldiers' laughing stock ,but the sarge,first irritated by this burdensome presence, tries to communicate with him,he makes him speak of his family,he buys him a rabbit when his is shot.Sometimes the viewer wonders whether this dunce might not be a pretender;or if the director uses him as a metaphor:in a foolish situation (a dirty war about which the draftees do not care about a little bit),maybe a fool is right not to play the game.But the ending of the movie,which I will not reveal,will prove all this wrong.

What's amazing is the difference between "le fusil de bois" and the early seventies movies dealing with the same subject Yves Boisset's "RAS" and René Vautier's "avoir vingt ans dans les Aurès".The militant virulent tone has almost disappeared,and has been replaced by a certain bonhomie ,a "it could be worse" feeling.

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26 July 1995 (France) See more »

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