Ciné-Club: Le Retour de Martin Guerre

Ciné-Club: Le Retour de Martin Guerre


Sunday, January 17 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - zoom links will be emailed Saturday evening.

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It's been a while since we've all seen our friends. Could you still recognize them if they showed up at your door? This week we'll be taking a look at one of the most iconic mystery scenarios in French cinema, starring Gerard Depardieu at his absolute shadiest. Don't miss our discussion of the enigmatic classic:

Le Retour de Martin Guerre (1983)

Rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube, or Google Play

It's been 8 years since the wimpy young Martin Guerre left his small village to go to war, and his wife longs for his return. But the Martin that comes home from the frontlines bears practically no resemblance to one who left all those years ago. He is bigger, bolder, and much more manly - by all rights, war seems to have drastically changed Martin for the better. But is this really the same man? His wife seems to believe so, but others have their doubts. As the questions surrounding Martin's identity become a public debate, Martin and his wife find themselves at the center of a mystifiying, tense inquisition over the fear of a would-be impostor. Who can we believe? Who's pulling the wool over our eyes?

This paranoid medieval mystery features a chillingly enigmatic performance from Gerard Depardieu as the titular soldier of dubious identity. The gripping doubt at the center of the story lends the movie an unmatchable sense of intrigue that will keep you guessing at the truth for the whole runtime. No spoilers! Find out for yourself - and then let's talk about it!