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Justinien Trouvé, ou le bâtard de Dieu (1993)

Young Justinien, aka Cyrano-Nose-The-Less, born in 1683, leaves his adoptive parents to join a monastery, only to live a series of misadventures through which he will learn the secrets of his birth.

Director:

Christian Fechner

Writers:

Christian Fechner, Michel Folco (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Pierre-Olivier Mornas Pierre-Olivier Mornas ... Justinien
Ticky Holgado ... Beaulouis
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ... Martin Coutouly
Bernard Haller ... Le juge Cressayet / Judge Cressayet
Patrice Valota Patrice Valota ... Le baron Raoul
Didier Pain Didier Pain ... Le prévôt
Roland Blanche Roland Blanche ... Galine
Zouc Zouc ... Laragne-Garou
Valérie Stroh Valérie Stroh ... Dame Eglantine
Chick Ortega Chick Ortega ... Baldo Cabanon
Maurice Barrier ... Vitou Calamar
Eva Soussana Eva Soussana ... Mouchette
Kathy Kriegel Kathy Kriegel ... Epoinie Coutouly
Maxime Leroux Maxime Leroux ... Le capitaine milicien
Bernard Farcy ... Biensobre
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Young Justinien, aka Cyrano-Nose-The-Less, born in 1683, leaves his adoptive parents to join a monastery, only to live a series of misadventures through which he will learn the secrets of his birth.

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Sa naissance est un mystere. Son destin une legende.

Genres:

Drama | History

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 September 1993 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Justinien Trouve, or God's Bastard See more »

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Production Co:

F.C.F., Solo Productions See more »
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Color
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17 January 2013 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This big budget met mixed critical reception when it was released ;today it's almost forgotten and it is really a pity:it's the kind of "historical" movie we are so much in need today.

Although would be realistic, "Justinien" is pure melodrama ,its ending leaving no doubt about it;it's got something of the swashbucklers of the late fifties /early sixties ,with Jean Marais,directed by André Hunebelle ;the aristocrats ,the high and the mighty are filmed a la Fellini.Justinien is also a close relative of such fiction characters as Jacquou Le Croquant or the two orphans ("orphans in the storm")or even real ones such as Kaspar Hauser or Victor the wild child .

"Justinien" takes place at the end of the reign of the Sun King ,and it depicts a hard time for the illegitimate (check the title): the convent where the monks are ruthless or the dungeon crawling with rats will make your hair stand on end (the best performance comes from Ticky Hodalgo as a smart jailer).And so will the atrocious torture of the wheel.Justinien becomes a reluctant hangman and ,on that occasion,the writers tell us about the situation of the executioner ,an outcast with privileges

It is an overlong sprawling work ,but in the French nineties,it is hard to find an equivalent .An eventful ,picaresque ,often cruel tale ,in which some kind of Voltaire's Candide makes his way through the eighteenth century.


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