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Nouvelle-France (Original French Version with English Subtitles)

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In the mid-18th Century, as England and France battle over control of Canada, an epic romance between a peasant woman and a trapper unfurls.

Product Details

  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu
  • Directors: Jean Beaudin, David La Haye, Juliette Gosselin
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Import, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 145.0 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BONJOE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,688 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By D. Fitzhugh on December 31, 2005
Format: DVD
I saw this movie in France last summer (no subtitles). My French is not the best, so it was a challenge to follow the dialog of the storyline...however, I really enjoyed it and the ending was a shocker! I would have given it 5 starts were it not for the casting of Gérard Depardieu, whom I really do not like. Nonetheless, his role is small enough that it didn't bother me too much. Overall, a nice movie if you like foreign films.
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"Nouvelle-France" is an epic drama, perhaps melodramatic, but absolutely powerful. The film is formulaic in its emotional appeal. It includes an epic historical event as its setting, sweeping shots of vast landscapes, battle scenes, a powerful score and emotional soundtrack, complete with a Celine Dion performed theme song, are interwoven in a story of a romance and a precious mother-daughter relationship. It is melodramatic and it is predictable, but it works, and you'll cry when it's over and a few times in between.

I love this movie. I don't care if I shouldn't. I do!
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For those people who enjoy a dramatic romance, atmosphere and good acting, this movie will appeal. All the technical aspects such as cinematography came together beautifuly and Celine's title song was heart-wrenching to say the least. The story line flowed well and you knew at all times where you were going. The twist at the end was not expected! I have only a few small criticisms: not enough of the beautiful Quebec scenery and not enough background to the historical period in which the film was set. This movie will have you in its grasp from beginning to end.
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By PJR on December 6, 2008
Format: DVD
A good romance film set in an interesting historical era.

The romance film aspect is as good as can be expected for this sentimental genre. The emotional aspect of the historical setting may go past most U.S. views who do not know the history of Quebec.

Basically the French sold out their French colony of Canada to the English and left the French Canadians to twist slowly in the wind under English domination. This was a great blow to the Quebecois with anxieties, and they would say suffering, that would continue to the present.

So in this film we see the tragedy of the demise of New France combined with the tragedy of a love that could not be realized and a woman unfairly executed.

Both are sad and moving in their own right and if you know some history and can be sympathetic to Quebec then the two tragedies interplay effectively.

However, if you know too much history then you will be distracted by some liberties that were taken!! And if you are too sympathetic to Quebec then you will be be disappointed that this was not a loud and furious patriotic classic. After watching the film I found a lot of bitter comments out there. E.g. [...] I can only say, these are not my issues and I was able to enjoy the film for the atmosphere and story.

Gerard Depardieu plays a priest who plays a pivotal role in that he betrays the female protagonist and he is on screen a lot. But he is seemingly a weakly played character and leaves you wondering what he was up to. Did the director want it that way, or is it an acting/directing flaw in the film?

Giving the benefit of the doubt, I would guess that they wanted the audience to ponder the role of the Church in the fall of New France.
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Despite decades of tax incentives, in terms of international visibility the Canadian film industry still lags behind most central African and Islamic states (surprisingly few Canadian films are released outside their native shores), and Nouvelle-France aka Battle of the Brave is another example of why. More than any other country, commercial Canadian cinema seems unable to develop an identity of its own and is stuck in pale imitation of other countries' failures. On paper this historical drama could look vaguely promising. There's certainly a rich vein of untapped material in Canada's history as the French and English warred over and bought and sold the colony, though none of it makes the cut here unless you count the odd blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene of characters saying "Wolfe is dead" or "Nouvelle-France is no more" before getting back to the soap operatics. But while this isn't a history lesson, it isn't a drama or the epic adventure the new title promises either: there is no battle in the film unless you count 10 seconds of shelling by a half-dozen re-enactors and one collapsed shed. The town square that is all we ever see of Quebec is a rather obvious flatly lit studio interior, giving many scenes an old TV miniseries look, as does director Jean Beaudin's reluctance to offer much in the way of long shots or even exteriors. What you do get for your money is a simple but drawn-out Harlequin romance about doomed lovers constantly separated by events beyond their control where the biggest surprise is that Fabio doesn't turn up in the cast. It's the kind of film where whenever two characters are about to make the beast with two backs the camera pans over to a convenient raging fireplace or waterfall.Read more ›
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