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L'année de l'éveil (1991)

A sensitive, 14 year old orphan in a military school learns about life and love from his classmates and teachers.

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Gérard Corbiau
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grégoire Colin ... François
Chiara Caselli ... Léna / Julien's wife
Johan Rougeul Johan Rougeul ... Galène / François' friend
Laurent Grévill Laurent Grévill ... Julien / le chéf-the chief
Martin Lamotte ... Le 4ème de Section / The 4th of Section
Roger Planchon ... Le Capitaine / The captain
Claude Duneton Claude Duneton ... Le Professeur de français / The French teacher
Vincent Grass ... Le Professeur d'allemand / The German teacher
Christian Barbier Christian Barbier ... Le Colonel / The colonel
François Vincentelli François Vincentelli ... Le Chef des Anciens
Jean-Michel Flagothier Jean-Michel Flagothier ... Le Sous-officier dortoir
Eric Frere Eric Frere ... Le Sous-officier cachot
Stéphane Desvalois Stéphane Desvalois ... Feuille Morte
Nicolas Grossetete Nicolas Grossetete ... Vincent
Alain Fontaine Alain Fontaine ... Rémy
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In 1948 14 year-old François is schooled at the military school of Aix-en-Provence. Initially, he is very withdrawn and fascinated by boxing. He played rugby but, since his friend died, he no longer wants to play this sport. With perseverance, he manages to be better accepted by his boss, Julien who invites him to his home for a weekend because he knows that he is an orphan. He then meets their little girl and Lena, his wife. Very quickly, he falls in love with her and this love is reciprocal. She finds in him a tenderness that her husband does not give her, even violent with her. He will return regularly to his boss and start boxing again. He will meet Galene during his training, a new recruit in his section. Galene hates violence, boxing and so on. He encourages Francis to write his sentences, his life rather than romping on a bag, or worse, on someone. Galena will show him that he will grow more by writing than using violence. François' section chief and Galène will have to leave ... Written by Wiki

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Don't miss this film, if it comes your way: I strongly recommend it.
26 January 1999 | by Jim-249See all my reviews

Gérard Corbiau's films always promise us at least two treats: visual excitement and splendid music. "The Music Master" and "Farinelli" had obvious grounds for indulging in both of these, this film less so, since there is no obvious connection with music and no chance for lavish, period costuming. Nevertheless, he gives the story of a lonely youngster's (François') experiences in an army school a rich score throughout (Fauré, De Falla, Grieg, Schubert, Beethoven), subtly underlining emotional moments. Visually, he gives us stunning scenes of Provence landscapes, but in fact every shot is carefully composed, so that even mundane subjects (a schoolroom, a dormitory) are alive with interest. It's an absorbing film, moving in the way it intermingles brutality and gentleness. François himself is both a boxer and a writer/poet. In a memorable scene, a grumpy, unsympathetic French teacher suddenly reveals to his startled pupils that he survived Dachau - François and his class here learn about real cruelty. It's packed with incident, rich in characters, and you do get emotionally involved in the predicament of a sensitive, determined youngster, confused about God, love and injustice, while knowing that his training will lead him overseas to the war in Indochina. Yet the story suffers from one of the common problems of novel-adaptations : short-cutting the narrative so that motivation becomes confused. The handsome Julien (the 'Chef' = sergeant-in-charge) decorates the scene, but it's never really clear why he feels so protective towards François, and we never fully understand his violent relationship with his wife Lena. More importantly, it's not easy to accept the depth of the attraction between François and the wife. I took the first nude scene to be a dream, a fantasy - but I was wrong, and by the end of the film it's clear that their love is genuine and lasting. (Disturbing, too, is the nagging worry about nude scenes involving such a young actor. . . ). But don't miss this film, if it comes your way: I strongly recommend it.


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17 April 1991 (France) See more »

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The Year of Awakening See more »

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Paris, France

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