SMUGGLERS’ SONGS

A film by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche

Cast : Yann-Yvon Pennec, Jean-Luc Nancy, Xavier Pons, Sylvia Albaret, Sylvain Rifflet, Nicolas Larmignat, Abel Jafri, Nicolas Bancilhon, Sylvain Roume, Kenji Levan, Jacques Nolot, Christian Milia-Darmezin

2012 / France / original title : LES CHANTS DE MANDRIN / 97’ / Color / status : completed / French / long feature-film / French catalog

After the execution of Louis Mandrin, a famous outlaw and mid-18th century folk hero, his companions decide to take the risk of another campaign in France’s southern provinces. Under the protection of heavily armed comrades, they set up illegal markets outside rural villages, where they sell tobacco, fabrics and precious goods. They write songs in Mandrin’s honour print them and distribute them to the King’s lowliest subjects…
“An unusual, enthusiastically partisan approach to the French Revolution.” The Hollywood Reporter

Press

“« La révolte rejoint la poésie. La beauté du film doit beaucoup à son éloge d'une fraternité capable d'abolir les différences entre les classes sociales, et entre les générations. »”

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