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Battle of the Brave

2.7 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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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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  • Actors: Noemie Godin-Vigneau, David La Haye, Gerard Depardieu, Juliette Gosselin, Bianca Gervais
  • Directors: Jean Beaudin
  • Producers: Robert Sidaway, Richard Goudreau, Samuel Hadida
  • 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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I0QLO6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Battle of the Brave" on IMDb

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By C. Fischer VINE VOICE on December 5, 2008
Format: DVD
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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The exceedingly low marks garnered by this movie from fellow Amazon.com 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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One of the best movies I have ever seen. I never understood why the French in Quebec hated the English so much. My sister lives in that area and they are so prejudice towards anyone who speaks english to the point if you were dying and asked for help in English they would ignore you and walk by. I rarely visit anymore because they treat the English so horribly. After seeing this movie, sadly, I understand. What the ENGLISH from England did the french and Indians were unspeakable. This movie portrayed such realism to that era and why english was forced upon all those who spoke and lived their native French/Indian lives. I place those two together because they co-existed together like we should have. The actors were spectacular and all should have won the acadamy award. The producter and director should be dam proud of this movie. I loved it so much that I am buying it for my library. I only buy the cream of the crop for my collection. Everyone should see it. It opens up your eyes to the hatred and arrogance people feel can be capable of and how they can destroy entire civilazations who were happy and well adjusted. Makes you think what could happen to our country since we took it away from the Native Americans....
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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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