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The Return of Martin Guerre (1982)

Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Roger Planchon, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, more...
Director: Daniel Vigne
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Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, France
Running Time: 123 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

The Return of Martin Guerre is set in France during the Hundred Years' War. Imagining herself a widow, Nathalie Baye is astonished when her husband Gerard Depardieu returns after nine years. He looks like her husband and sounds like her husband, and certainly has a working knowledge of the couple's prior relationship. Still, neither Baye nor her neighbors can shake the notion that Depardieu is an imposter--especially since he's a much nicer and more responsible person than the man who marched off to war so long ago. Matters come to a head when the local magistrate sentences Depardieu to hang for his own murder. Return of Martin Guerre was the principal source for an American film, Sommersby (1993). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Don't miss this by Texan99 September 8, 2010 - 12:06 PM PDT
A fantastically powerful movie set in an idyllic 16th French village that comes to seem claustrophobic and threatening. A married man, really a boy, leaves this tiny place where everyone knows everyone's business, then comes home a much-improved man. Just grown up and exposed to the entirely mysterious world outside the village, or an impostor? Our modern sensibilities urge us to say: Who cares, as long as they're happy? But this story from the records of a real trial refuses that anachronism. It is impossible for this couple to escape the judgment of the village, and in their society, there is nowhere else to go. I agree with the other commenters that it's essential to watch the subtitled version, as the dubbed one is awful, and don't even bother with the remake "Sommersby."

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