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Foreign Film - France - La Vache et le Prisonnier - Fernandel

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La Vache et le Prisonnier
Fernandel, Marguerite
Directed by Henri Verneuil
France 1959
Maple Pictures 2009
113 minutes Widescreen

Some movies the French are particularly good at. This is the case for the single character story like La Vache et le Prisonnier starring the immortal Fernandel. This foreign film is now finally available in North America. English subtitles would have been as unless your French is flawless, Fernandel’s midi accent is a bit difficult at times. La Vache et le Prisonnier does bear repeated watching though and the story itself is not hard to follow.

Set in 1943, La Vache et le Prisonnier tells the story of Charles Bailly (Fernandel of Don Camillo fame), a French POW working on a German farm with a few buddies. He decides to escape and make his way back to Marseilles. His most original idea is to not look as an escapee. He leaves the farm with a cow, Marguerite, still wearing his prisoner of war coat. He is rarely stopped and when he is he simply explains he is bringing the cow back to the farm or to pasture.

Charles and Marguerite develop a relationship and have quite a few adventures. Most are somewhat comic, such as Charles’ encounter with the lumber labor camp or the incident on the bridge.

This foreign film DVD has a twist ending that may or may not satisfy the viewer. No matter, La Vache et le Prisonnier is quite a good movie.

The print used for the DVD is excellent.

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