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La nouvelle guerre des boutons (War of the Buttons) (2012)



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Set in occupied WWII France, War of the Buttons tells the tale of pre-teen rebel Lebrac (newcomer Jean Texier) and the "war" he leads between two rival kid gangs from neighboring villages. Once Lebrac falls for Violette (Ilona Bachelier), a young Jewish girl who is new in town and in danger of being exposed by the Nazis, the children are faced with putting their own conflicts aside to protect her and confront the very real war happening around them. -- (C) Weinstein

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Clément Godefroy
as Petit Gibus
Théophile Baquet
as Grand Gibus
Louis Dussol
as Bacaillé
Laetitia Casta
as Simone, la mercière
Guillaume Canet
as L'Instituteur
Kad Merad
as Père Lebrac
Gérard Jugnot
as Père L'Aztec
François Morel
as Père Bacaillé
Marie Bunel
as Mère Lebrac
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Critic Reviews for La nouvelle guerre des boutons (War of the Buttons)

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (12)

Although it's updated to World War II and alludes to the Holocaust, this golden-hued remembrance is about as horrific as "Hogan's Heroes."

October 31, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Barratier can't seem to do anything with it other than keep raising the violence and anger.

October 25, 2012 | Rating: 2/4

The two threads aren't really woven together into the sort of tight, overarching theme that the film seems built to convey.

October 25, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Though it's handled with little subtlety, the way the atmosphere of suspicion in Vichy France filters down to the kids is a smart slant on the material.

October 12, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Seeing the French Resistance through the eyes of little kids yields a cutesy, simplistic and sentimental would-be fable in "War of the Buttons."

October 12, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

It does not attempt to provide a complete or even vaguely realistic depiction of the rural French resistance in the endgame to World War II.

October 11, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for La nouvelle guerre des boutons (War of the Buttons)


In "War of the Buttons," boys will be boys. In this case, it is rural France and boys from one town wage a campaign against those from another town. What starts out with graffiti gets increasingly violent. In the meantime, there is a real war going on in 1944, with France being occupied by the Nazis. And Simone(Laetitia Casta) takes the opportunity to enroll her goddaughter Violette(Ilona Bachelier) at the local school. "War of the Buttons" is a movie that is somehow simultaneously cloying and heavy-handed.(And as a proud coward, I resent it whenever somebody is called out for their cowardice.) Throughout, the movie is resolutely sentimental about a trying time for many people. In this case, the characters seem very naive about what has been going on for the previous four years of occupation.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Hollywood hoakeyish remake of a really great 1990's film of the same name. I liked it. I thought that it was really sweet, and fun. Of course, I am a sucker for films revolving around children. But, I still think that it was well done...regardless of what the critics say.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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