Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hot, new and recommended: 'The War of the Buttons' DVD

War of the Buttons is adapted from the book of the same title by Louis Pergaud. I really enjoyed this film – for something different. It’s a French film and yes it does have subtitles. It’s not the end of the world! And the story is worth it.

A fierce war rages between the boys from two neighbouring French towns, handed down through the generations; defeat is the ultimate dishonour and the humiliation unbearable. Lebrac (Vincent Bres) leads his gang of boys into battle against his rival Aztec, and his gang. Lebrac must use any means necessary to avoid the disgrace of being beaten even if that means including Lanterne, a girl, into their sworn boys’only gang. A really hilarious movie, good for the entire family. It was one of the best kids’ films I’ve seen in a while.

My fav scene: Definitely when they’re dancing and tossing their things out of the window – it looks so much fun and is so random, and the soundtrack compliments the scene well.

Stand out actors: Lebrac (Vincent Bres, a newcomer) and his teacher Merlin (Eric Elmosnino) but I also loved Lanterne (Salome Lemire). If I remember rightly, the start might be a little slow, but persevere!

Rating PG, French dialogue, English subtitles.

Title: The War of the Buttons
Director: Yann Samuell
Writers: Louis Pergaud (novel), Yann Samuell (screenplay)
Stars: Eric Elmosnino, Mathilde Seigner, Fred Testot, Alain Chabat
Released: 2011
Distributor: Madman Entertainment

 - Alannah, Howick Library


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