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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a match for the 1967 version, 2 April 2013
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The 1967 version by Jean-Gabriel Albicocco is by far superior to this. It is a perfect realization in film of Alain-Fournier's masterpiece. I have wept every time I've seen it, and I'm not that emotional about films. The scene near the end where Meaulnes carries Yvonne's body down the stairs is the most heartbreaking scene in film history. This later version is well enough filmed, but it messes with the plot to an unforgivable degree. If you like Clémence Poésy (and I certainly do), it's worth seeing for her face and performance alone. She is the best thing in it, mainly because she is such a perfect successor to Brigitte Fossey, who played Yvonne de Galais in the 1967 film. The original film shown in the UK (where it did the rounds of art cinemas for years) had sub-titles, but these do not appear on the DVD. When will someone bring back in that form?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy - the original has been made (presumabnly deliberately) unavailable., 18 Aug 2013
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The original was far better and it is disgraceful that it is now impossible to get hold of a copy.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Le Grand Meaulnes, 22 Feb 2012
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I studied this work in French for my A Levels some 40 years ago and remembered the book with great affection. The film is good and evocative but, to my mind, the characters fail to fit in with how I imagined them to be when reading the book.
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