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Le Vieux Fusil (1975)

Drama | 103 minutes
3,84 201 votes

Genre: Drama / War

Duration: 103 minuten

Alternative titles: The Old Gun / The Last Straw / One by One / Vengeance One by One / Abschied in der Nacht / Das Alte Gewehr / Het Oud Geweer

Country: France / West Germany

Directed by: Robert Enrico

Stars: Philippe Noiret, Romy Schneider and Jean Bouise

IMDb score: 7,5 (4.873)

Releasedate: 22 August 1975

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Le Vieux Fusil plot

1944, occupied France, a surgeon asks a friend to keep his wife and children safe in an old castle in the countryside. On Sunday he goes to visit them, but a group of Germans has already taken up residence in the castle...

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blurp194

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Genius movie.

The structure of the flashbacks not only gives depth to the characters, but also serves as a strong contrast between the horror Noiret finds himself in and the relatively carefree period before and at the start of the war. Particularly well played by the entire cast, with Noiret as a perfectly cast doctor who goes on a vengeance, and with Romy Schneider at her best - that too is undoubtedly intended as a contrast, and makes the film all the more poignant. The gruesome scenes in the film are actually very short, but so strong that they stay with you - the last time I saw the film was thirty years ago I think, but the whole thing was still very clear in my mind.

The story is loosely based on the events of Oradour-sur-Glane, but the twist to the revenge motive is dictated more by the need for some justice than by reality. Perhaps mainly in response to the way in which the perpetrators were treated after the war.

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Movsin

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It is a beautiful piece of film with an always strong Philippe Noiret and a Romy Schneider who was a very special and versatile actress.

The film contains hardly any weak moments, moves and shocks. The atmosphere created is that of a man who loses everything he loved in one flash. Philippe Noiret masterfully interprets the feelings of grief and revenge that go through the main character.

Jean Bouise also fits perfectly in his role. It is an actor who has often played such supporting roles very well.

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T.O.

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Striking atmosphere in this film, which alternates between sentimental and grim. Also fits a bit in the 70s perhaps.

Unfortunately, I wasn't that devastated by the narrative structure, so I never really got into the story.

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