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Égarés, Les (2003)

Original Title : Égarés, Les
Director : André Téchiné
Writer : Gilles Perrault
Gilles Taurand
Gilles Taurand
André Téchiné
André Téchiné
Genre : Drama
Romance
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Adam Betteridge , Michael Cowan , Pierre Héros , Alex Marshall , Jason Piette , Jean-Pierre Ramsay-Levi , David Rogers
Music : Philippe Sarde
Photography : Agnès Godard
IMDB ID : 0329111
Official site : http://www.marsdistribution.com/site/lesegares/
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poster for "Égarés, Les" by André Téchiné (2003)
Égarés, Les (2003) - André Téchiné
 

Starring

Emmanuelle Béart Odile
Gaspard Ulliel Yvan
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet Philippe
Clémence Meyer Cathy
Jean Fornerod Georges
Samuel Labarthe Robert
Eric Kreikenmayer The Police Officer
Nicholas Mead The Wounder Soldier
Robert Eliott The Young Policeman
Robert Eliott The Young Policeman
 

Plot

June 1940. German troops are advancing on Paris. Odile, a widowed teacher, succumbs to the widespread panic and, with her two children, joins the exodus from the city. Philippe is on the cusp of adolescence, Little Cathy knows only that they are going South. After fifty kilometres, a German plane attacks, decimating the helpless refugees. Odile and her children lose everything. A shaven-headed youth appears from nowhere and leads them away from the carnage. His name is Yvan, he's seventeen years old. Cut off from the rest of the world and living in confined quarters, Odile and Yvan find themselves confronted with their own desires.
 

Comments

The "lost" ones in scenic war-torn France As with anything coming from France these days, this movie proves the banality of the stories that are being filmed in that country. Haven't we seen all this before? Rene Clement did it much better in his classic "Forbidden Games", and Andre Techine is not up to it with this one, at all. Evidently, the novel in which this film is based was changed. It is surprising since the author, Giles Perrault, is also credited with its adaptation. It appears that M. Techine has the kind of clout within the French film industry that anything he wants to do, being worth to be filmed, or not, gets the go ahead sign, even though it doesn't merit to be made. Emmanuelle Beart appears in the film as a plain woman. There is no excuse for couture dresses for this gorgeous creature, who always delights us when her gorgeous body is shown in compromising positions. At heart, her Odile is a simple woman and mother. But when young Yvan appears in the picture we know that she will be the one to initiate him into the pleasures of sex. This film doesn't show anything new: It is only a diversion, and a vehicle for Ms Beart to show us how beautiful she really is. Unfortunately we have to wait almost to the end to see her teaching Yvan (after all, she's supposed to be a school teacher from Paris in the story) a thing or two he didn't know.