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Battle of the Brave (2006)

Noémie Godin-Vigneau , David La Haye , Jean Beaudin  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Noémie Godin-Vigneau, David La Haye, Juliette Gosselin, Sébastien Huberdeau, Gérard Depardieu
  • Directors: Jean Beaudin
  • Writers: Pierre Billon
  • Producers: Antony Blakey, Ashley Sidaway, Claude Léger, David Gordian, Francine Forest
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I0QLO6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Battle of the Brave" on IMDb

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Iréne Jacob (U.S. Marshalls, Othello), Vincent Perez (Cyrano de Bergerac, Queen of the Damned), Jason Isaacs (Black Hawk Down, The Patriot), Colm Meaney (Under Siege, Died Hard 2), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction) and Gérard Depardieu (Last Holiday, Green Card) 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

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Historical Drama about Nouvelle France December 5, 2008
Unlike many of the reviewers on Amazon I came to the film with no expectations and was absorbed by the dramatic quality of the actors, both the leads and the rest of the cast. The trial of the mother, particularly the testimony of the servant and her father and the heroine's facial expressions was particularly compelling and the last minute "reveal" at the end of the film explained the mother's confession. For a show that made some efforts to have the native Indian language portrayed without subtitles, I was quite surprised that the film was actually made in English, even though most of the cast were obviously Francophones. I suppose this was to acquire a wider distribution, but personally I was disappointed. This film seems to polarize viewers, particularly those who wanted the historic battle and other politcal machinations covered in more depth, but used as a backdrop to the personal stories of the main characters I found it appropriate.

If you like other Canadian films, which tend to be a bit more dialog-driven and less action-oriented than Hollywood fare, give it a chance and you might be pleasantly surprised at how well the director brings it all off...very successfully in my opinion. And to those who disliked the costumes and sets...I thought they were done extremely well and played an integral part in enhancing the drama, as did the excellent score and cinematography.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The exceedingly low marks garnered by this movie from fellow reviewers is I think based in large by their vision of what this film could have been rather than what it turned out to be. In other words it's being deducted a star or two because they expected more and were disappointed.

I also had high expectations of this movie that weren't fulfilled but be that as it may this is not a one or two star film. The production values are superior, the cast is strong and the soundtrack enjoyable. Actually the storyline was rather good as well, a little convoluted at times but it had potential. I also enjoyed the performance of Noemie Godin-Vigneau in the starring role of the ill-fated peasant girl and shamanistic healer. Marie-Loup Carignan. So what went wrong?

It's difficult to put my finger on exactly what I think went awry in this film and the best explanation I can come up with is a rather ambiguous "it lacks soul." It seems to me that everything else was in place for a good film but it's missing that intangible something that makes the story and characters come alive for the audience. In view of the lack for a better way to describe that missing something, I choose to call it soul.

However you want to describe it the consequences of this missing ingredient is the fact that the film lacks the ability to transport the audience into its world and engage the emotions and intellect of its viewers with the characters and events on-screen. One is left watching, all the while aware of the passing of time and the fact that they are only watching instead of participating.

My Rating: 3 ½ Stars.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only the Brave can sit thru the entire DVD May 30, 2007
This is clearly an example of a movie that doesn't know what it is: a romance? an historical epic? a courtroom drama? a witch hunt? a story of starcrossed lovers? I managed to somehow endure every interminable minute of it wondering when it was going to pick up its lethargic pace and get to some sort of coherent plot. As with other reviewers here, I was simply amazed at the number of very good actors going to waste. Too, I was fooled by the DVD jacket into thinking this was really about the epic Battle of Quebec in which both commanding Generals, Montcalm of France and Wolfe of England, are killed. I think I saw five or so minutes of a British mortar battery's bombardment of the city. The rest of the story wasn't worth the money. Fortunately, I only rented it...but I still feel cheated. I wish I had read the other reviews before giving up 143 minutes of my time.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars OMG-one perfectly awful period piece about Quebec! December 30, 2007
"An epic tale of desire,courage and destiny" says the DVD cover! "Rise.Unite.Fight!" DON'T BELIEVE IT and DON'T BUY IT!

I had more fun laughing at this perfectly ridiculous piece of Canadian drivel with bad script and even worse acting and direction from Jean Beaudin. The SONY-released DVD cleverly lists Canadian greats Colm Meany,Tim Roth and the revered French Gerard Depardieu at the top of the list of stars.Meany and Roth have a total of 1 minute screen time at tops in this 143 minute farce and the great Depardieu (trying to speak meaningful Quebecois-style English) is sadly stiff and laughable as a Priest who both begins and ends this tale of Quebec history that includes passion,lust,greed,betrayal and everything else that one learns in bad screenplay writing classes.

What IS wonderful about this film, and one thing only, is Patrick Doyle's soundtrack.Right off the film is filled with his beautiful music.That's all!!!!!

Fortunately,I knew Quebec history to at least have the slightest appreciation of where this film was trying to go.....but it is truly bad....I mean it,folks.....BAD!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Human Story, Not an Action Movie October 29, 2007
I do not know what most of the other reviewers of this movie expected; it must have been an action adventure or war movie or something with car-oops, horse and buggy--chases. I have seldom seen a movie where so many reviews are so disconnected from the actual movie. The description on the back cover of the DVD describes it as nothing more (or less) than a romantic tale set against the backdrop of the Revolutionary War.

I watched the movie because it is told by a woman of events that happened when she was about ten years old. Her single mother, Marie, fell in love with Francois. He really had an almost family relationship with the nearby 'savages,' even though he was from an aristocratic family. When he learns that the Quebecois French have sided with the British, he becomes a resistance leader. Having to leave on the spur of the moment, he writes a letter to Marie telling her he will return to her after he goes to France to try to let them know what their troops in America are doing. Unfortunately, France was also in a time of revolution, so nothing was done.

Unknown to Francis, Marie could not read. So, she took the letter to her local priest. Instead of reading the letter to her, he makes up his own words saying that Francis has left and does not want Marie to wait for him. Was the priest's motive his lust for Marie, or his belief that Francis would be captured and killed, and he didn't want Marie hurt? Whatever his motives, it set in motion a chain of events that ends in tragedy for all who are involved. You'll have to watch the movie to learn what happened. When the truth is revealed at the end of the movie, neither my wife or I expected it. But it makes perfect sense.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by cheryl wilcox
3.0 out of 5 stars Nouvelle France
I learned after watching that it was filmed in 2 versions, English and French simultaneously. I am curious if I'd have enjoyed it more if I'd watched it first in French. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kashka
1.0 out of 5 stars Can anyone lay it on any thicker than this flick does?
I just finished watching this movie, and I give it only one star to indicate the film's immediate effect on me. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Been around this block, several times over
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Romantic Drama
This movie was a romantic drama and not a documentary. The people were attractive, as were the costumes and the scenery. The story was good. I found it to be good entertainment.
Published 14 months ago by jec
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
The reviews were not good so I should not be surprised. However my disappointment was that it had little to do with the history of the times and was more of a personal story.
Published 15 months ago by Debbie Marvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Battle of the Brave
One of the best movies I have ever seen. I never understood why the French in Quebec hated the English so much. Read more
Published on August 13, 2012 by Ann Marie Illig
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
This movie has the power to surround the atmosphere with the purest, most idilic of love one can ever experience in life. Read more
Published on July 31, 2012 by Jussara S. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Something different
"Battle of the Brave" is a 2004 Canadian film originally titled "New France" since the story mainly takes place in Quebec during the closing years of France's control of the... Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by Wuchak
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STORY!
I read reviews about this movie before I bought it, and wasn't sure I wanted it. Finally, I decided to buy it, and to my great surprise it turned out to be a Great Story, not known... Read more
Published on September 21, 2011 by Marek J. Sawula
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
The plot was great. It took you to another time period. Most of all it showed how little evils in people's hearts and little lies can kill people. Read more
Published on March 31, 2011 by Gary A. Dunn
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