Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Battle of the Brave

This movie was so great, saw it on netflix last night.

I'm gonna cheat so here is the description from an editorial review on amazon, "Iréne Jacob (U.S. Marshalls, Othello), Vincent Perez (Cyrano de Bergerac, Queen of the Damned), Jason Isaacs (Black Hawk Down, The Patriot) and Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction) star in this epic tale of a great love story thwarted by fortune and men's will.
Set against a sweeping historical fresque, the epic tale of a great love story thwarted by fortune and men's will. 1758-1761: a turbulent period bridging the collapse of New France and the establishment of the British regime. An "era of passions." This tragic love story of a young peasant girl, Marie-Loup Carignan (Godin-Vigneau), from the lower Saint Laurent River and a dashing adventurer is based on fact. As their passionate destiny advances inexorably, driven by fate, it mirrors another story that's already been written: France's abandonment of Canada.
François Le Gardeur (David La Haye), a daring and adventurous young man, rejects his family who he finds too bourgeois, preferring to roam in the forests and live with the American Indians (know as "the savages" by the settlers). Returning from hunting, he hastens back to Quebec. Too late: his father died three days early, leaving his son an inheritance that will bring him more grief than happiness. Discovers that his father was wheeling and dealing on a massive scale with Intendant Bigot. Their financial scams will eventually contribute to the fall of New France.
The day after his return Le Gardeur meets Marie-Loup and it's love at first sight. Marie-Loup is a determined young woman despite her modest origins, in advance of her era. Her outspoken attitude and free spirit is criticized by Father Blondeau, although his rebukes are tinged with indulgence as the poor man is secretly in love with her. And her friendship with "the savages" is frowned upon by the local people - she's rumored to have "witch's powers" because she uses the shaman's remedies for healing the sick." 

4 1/2 *'s

Some customers weren't too fond with it, but I loved it, when I expected it to be kinda boring and bad. The battle isn't mentioned too much, or focused on until the attack kills one of their own as they are right there for an attack. But then again, the story isn't about the war, it's just one of the many obstacles that Marie-Loup and Francois have. The story is about a mother doing anything for those she loves, especially her daughter, and also about their love. The story ends tragically for the lovers, unfortunately and I'll admit, I cried.   

Just make sure you pay attention to the movie! Otherwise you may just miss some crucial stuff.

Much Love,

Avg Girl

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