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France · 1990 Rated R · 1h 40m Director Claude Berri Starring Michel Blanc, Gérard Depardieu, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Philippe Noiret Genre Drama, Comedy
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After World War II, a small French village struggles to put the war behind as the controlling Communist Party tries to flush out Petain loyalists. The local bar owner, a simple man who likes to write poetry, who only wants to be left alone to do his job, becomes a target for Communist harassment as they try and locate a particular loyalist, and he pushes back.
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