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Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

The Return Of Martin Guerre (Le Retour De Martin Guerre)


(out of 5)

Every once in a while you get a film whose various elements are so beautifully in tune with each other that watching it is akin to listening to a Beethoven symphony. This film’s performances are felt deep in the soul, the dialogue (co-written by justifiably idolized scribe Jean-Claude Carriere) is poetic without being impossible, the cinematography looks like a classic Vermeer painting come to life and the production and costume design are authentic to a fault, everything as harmonious to the eye as the aforementioned musical genius was to the ear. , still young and reckless, returns to his 16th-century village in the French countryside after having abandoned his wife () eight years earlier to seek adventure. They immediately consummate a marriage that was previously passionless and is now brimming over with affection, but their idyll is threatened when suspicions begin to arise that he is an impostor.  The court trial that results is the reason that this story, based on fact, made it into the history books as one of the most curious cases to take place in French rural history. Depardieu is scintillating with each gesture, while Baye, who is normally a natural at playing fiery, willful characters, somehow manages to create so much subtle strength and grace out of a woman who has grown accustomed to submission. A superb motion picture, remade (badly) as Sommersby with Jodie Foster and Richard Gere.

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France, 1982

Directed by

Screenplay by , Daniel Vigne, , based on the novel The Wife of Martin Guerre by

Cinematography by

Produced by Daniel Vigne

Music by

Production Design by 

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1983

One comment on “The Return Of Martin Guerre (Le Retour De Martin Guerre)

  1. Pingback: ARTICLE: Martin Guerre | euzicasa

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