The Return of Martin Guerre
French with English Subtitles
In the 16th century, Martin Guerre (Gérard Depardieu) returns home to his village after seven years away at war, demonstrating far more wisdom, strength of character, and tenderness than both the locals and his wife (Nathalie Baye) remember. Accusations of identity theft arise, landing the Martin in court—while keeping the audience guessing.
The real-life case had already been turned into a book, play, and opera before this adaptation. With visuals drawn from Bruegel’s paintings, this richly textured drama won three César Awards and earned an Oscar nomination for costume design. With future French cinema mainstays Tchéky Karyo and Dominique Pinon. A Cohen Film Collection release.
Named “Best Foreign Film” by the The Kansas City Film Critics in 1982.