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Battle of the Brave (2004)

Nouvelle-France (original title)
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.

Director:

Jean Beaudin

Writer:

Pierre Billon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noémie Godin-Vigneau Noémie Godin-Vigneau ... Marie-Loup Carignan
David La Haye ... François le Gardeur
Juliette Gosselin ... Young France Carignan
Sébastien Huberdeau ... Xavier Maillard
Gérard Depardieu ... Father Thomas Blondeau
Bianca Gervais ... Acoona
Irène Jacob ... Angélique de Roquebrune
Pierre Lebeau ... Joseph Carignan
Vincent Perez ... Intendant Le Bigot
Isabel Richer ... France Carignan
Johanne-Marie Tremblay Johanne-Marie Tremblay ... Madeleine Carignan (as Johanne Marie Tremblay)
Tim Roth ... William Pitt
Jason Isaacs ... Général James Wolfe
Colm Meaney ... Benjamin Franklin
Billy Merasty Billy Merasty ... Owashak (as William Merasty)
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Storyline

Prejudice, perfidy, love, and bravery in Québec. In 1779, a priest on his deathbed receives a young woman. Flash back 20 years: Marie-Loup, an herb-dispensing peasant, falls for François, a man of property. The priest's perfidy and the treachery of a soldier separate the lovers and set in motion a chain of events leading to a death, a trial, and an execution. The action unfolds against a backdrop of England's take-over of French-Canada, the Church's manipulations to maintain spiritual hegemony, and the limited rights of woman and indigenous peoples. Watching it all is Marie-Loup's daughter, named France, who, when grown, is the dying priest's visitor in prelude and coda. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Rise. Unite. Fight.

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | UK | France

Release Date:

20 July 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle of the Brave See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$468,625, 21 November 2004

Gross USA:

$1,599,716

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,058,007
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Two versions of the film were shot simultaneously, an English language version titled 'Battle of the Brave' and a French language version titled 'Nouvelle-France'. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two versions of the film were shot simultaneously, an English language version titled 'Battle of the Brave' and a French language version titled 'Nouvelle-France'. See more »

Connections

Featured in Céline Dion: Ma Nouvelle-France (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Ma Nouvelle-France
music by Patrick Doyle
lyrics by Luc Plamondon
sung by Céline Dion
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Melodramatic Tearjerker on Historical Tableau
22 November 2004 | by August1991See all my reviews

Ultimately, this movie is a Brazilian soap opera. There are intrigues and billets-doux. The pop theme, recorded by an orchestra in Prague, is good but over-used. At least seven or eight crescendos cover various characters when they either grasp each other, look at each other or wistfully stare out windows while thinking of each other.

I didn't mind the historical and geographical inaccuracies. The need for financing seems to have motivated scenes of Pitt and Voltaire. (Was the inclusion of Franklin a failed attempt at American financing?) In fact, these scenes were not necessary since the movie used symbolism. The basic facts arguably fit the presentation. A case can be made that New France was abandoned by France, abused by the Catholic Church and strung up by England. Marie-Loup, get it? In the movie, she is illiterate but very articulate. Indeed, everyone spoke with modern international accents from mouths with white straight teeth. (So what! It's only a movie!)

Jean Beaudin made "J. A. Martin Photographe" which was both a beautiful and sensitive movie with Monique Mercure in the lead. She's in this one too but her presence only hearkens to the past. Despite its flaws, I enjoyed "Nouvelle France" but I'd probably enjoy any movie about the history of northern North America. If you have no interest in such history, this movie will be a convoluted Brazilian soap opera.


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