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Les combattants (2014)

Unrated | | Comedy, Romance | 20 August 2014 (France)
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Between his friends and the family business, Arnaud's summer looks set to be a peaceful one. Peaceful until he runs into Madeleine, as beautiful as she is brusque, a concrete block of ... See full summary »

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Antoine Laurent ...
Brigitte Roüan ...
Hélène Labrède
William Lebghil ...
Xavier
Thibaut Berducat ...
Victor
Nicolas Wanczycki ...
Lieutenant Schlieffer
Frédéric Pellegeay ...
Le recruteur
Steve Tientcheu ...
Adjudant Ruiz
Franc Bruneau ...
Le conseiller funéraire
Maxime Mège ...
Adrien
Clément Allemand ...
Jordan
Barbara Ayse ...
Laurie
Coumba Seck ...
Aminata
Islam Magomadov ...
Stagiaire PM
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Between his friends and the family business, Arnaud's summer looks set to be a peaceful one. Peaceful until he runs into Madeleine, as beautiful as she is brusque, a concrete block of tensed muscles and doomsday prophecies. He expects nothing; she prepares for the worst. He takes things as they come, likes a good laugh. She fights, runs, swims, pushes herself to the limit. Given she hasn't asked him for anything, just how far will he go along with her? It's a love story. Or a story of survival. Or both. Written by Directors' Fortnight

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Comedy | Romance

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$2,365 (USA) (29 May 2015)

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$23,598 (USA) (28 June 2015)
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Manu Labrède: The army is hard up.
Manu Labrède: It is the number one recruiter in France.
Arnaud Labrède: Number two.
Arnaud Labrède: The first is McDonald's.
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La prochaine fois
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© 2014 Nord-Ouest Films
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French Rom Com and Doomsday Prepping in a rather satisfying film
23 August 2015 | by (London,United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Arnaud is going to spend his summer working in the family business of making high quality sheds. Then they get a gig at the house of Madeleine's parents and he sort of falls for her.

She is a feisty young woman who is waiting for the apocalypse and just wants to be ready to survive. This also involves her wanting to join the French Army and do all that gruelling training stuff that quite frankly would have me running the other way. The question for Arnaud is how far is he willing to go to win her – apparently ice cold – heart.

This is a sort of comedy, as it has a few comedic moments, but what it really is, is an unconventional love story – as Morrissey wrote 'this one is different because it's us' – and as such it should be hard to empathise with them – yet by dint of chemistry it is quite the opposite. There is a vibrancy to the whole thing that sweeps you along with it.

This is a warm, amusing film, with great direction and acting and you may even learn a few tips on survival – all in all a recommended watch.


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