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Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2013)

Michael Kohlhaas (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, History | 14 August 2013 (France)
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In the 16th century in the Cévennes, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, he raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order to have his rights restored.

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In the 16th century in the Cévennes, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, he raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order to have his rights restored.

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The movie was filmed in the Cévennes and the Vercors Massif in southern France, but the story plays in Brandenburg Prussia. See more »

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Version of Michael Kohlhaas (1969) See more »

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"Heartrendingly atmospheric, harmonically cinematographic..."
26 February 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

French screenwriter, film editor and director Arnaud des Pallières' fourth feature film which he co-wrote with screenwriter Christelle Berthevas, is an adaptation of a novel from 1810 by German author Heinrich von Kleist. It premiered In competition at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival in 2013, was screened in the Open Zone section at the 24th Stockholm International Film Festival in 2013, was shot on locations in France and is a France-Germany co-production which was produced by producer Serge Lalou. It tells the story about a man named Michael Kohlhaas who lives on a farm in the Cévennes mountains in southern France with his wife named Judith and their children, and who one day whilst on his way to a nearby marked with some of his horses, encounters a local Baron who claims that he doesn't have a legitimate travel card.

Distinctly and subtly directed by French filmmaker Arnaud des Pallières, this quietly paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the protagonist's point of view, draws an increasingly introspective portrayal of a French husband whom after having given away his two horses to pay for a thought up fee and learning that they along with his long-time servant named César has been mistreated, contacts an attorney to claim compensation. While notable for its distinct, atmospheric and naturalistic milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by French cinematographer Jeanne Lapoirie, production design by production designer Yan Arlaud, costume design by costume designer Anina Diener and use of sound, colors and light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story which emphasizes characters rather than history and where the act of crossing a river turns into an act of crossing personal values and ruling powers, depicts a memorable and atoning study of character and contains a great and timely score by composer Martin Wheeler and The Witches.

This densely biographical and eloquently dramatic reminiscence which is set in provincial France during the reign of King Francis I and the Protestant reformist period in the early 16th century, which reconstructs real events in the life of a German man named Hans Kohlhase and where an afflicted merchant and father of a son and daughter gathers an army and initiates a crucial rebellion which gains him the attention of the French princess named Marguerite d'Angoulême and a theologian who makes him question his methods for achieving justice, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, good dialog, gracefully understated acting performance by Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen and the noteworthy acting performances by French actor Denis Lavant, French actress Delphine Chuillot and French-Austrian actress Roxane Duran. A heartrendingly atmospheric, harmonically cinematographic and existentialistic narrative feature.


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