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Strange Gardens

2003 1h 37m Comedy Drama List
Reviews 81% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
In 1960, teen Lucien (Damien Jouillerot) is embarrassed by his father, Jacques (Jacques Villeret), who performs as a clown on street corners. Jacques' best friend, André (André Dussollier), defends the behavior, telling Lucien his father's conduct is linked to an experience during World War II. Jacques and André were part of the French Resistance and imprisoned and sentenced to death by the Nazis. But they were freed because of Jacques' friendship with a guard who often impersonated a clown. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member it's a bit ekky to really pan a heartfelt war film, but I actually found this a bit cutesy for my taste. family tearjerker. patch adams meets life is beautiful set upon the backdrop of the last two decade's demise of french cinema into banality Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member second time to watch this movie. it is sad, but it also makes me smile. the japanese title is very different from the original title, by the way.... Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Une histoire poignante. Sur la guerre et les hommes Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent. uplifting. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Superbe film ! J'ai chanté "ya d'la joie" pendant des jours et des jours après l'avoir vu.. =') Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Super ! Un bon J.Becker. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In 1960, teen Lucien (Damien Jouillerot) is embarrassed by his father, Jacques (Jacques Villeret), who performs as a clown on street corners. Jacques' best friend, André (André Dussollier), defends the behavior, telling Lucien his father's conduct is linked to an experience during World War II. Jacques and André were part of the French Resistance and imprisoned and sentenced to death by the Nazis. But they were freed because of Jacques' friendship with a guard who often impersonated a clown.
Director
Jean Becker
Producer
Louis Becker
Screenwriter
Jean Cosmos, Jean Becker, Guillaume Laurant
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
Canadian French
Runtime
1h 37m
Sound Mix
Surround