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A lighthearted and nostalgic drama about life among a group of close-knit friends, Les Enfants du Marais/Children of the Marshland tells the tale of a girl named Cri-Cri, who in flashback recalls growing up in a community along a quiet marsh in France. Her father, Riton (Jacques Villeret), has a good heart but a weakness for wine, and has never entirely gotten over being left by his wife (and Cri-Cri's mother), even though he's since remarried. His best friend is Garris (Jacques Gamblin), a laborer who lives in a cabin left to him by an old friend (Jacques Dufilho) and finds himself infatuated with Marie (Isabelle Carre), who works as a domestic in a nearby town. Both men are still dealing with their experiences from World War I, as is their friend Mr. Richard (Michel Serrault), who turned a junk business into a successful metal foundry but still visits his old pals at the marsh, because he feels they're the only ones who understand him. Despite lukewarm reviews, Les Enfants Du Marais/Children of the Marshland proved to be a significant box office success on its initial release in France. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 10, 1999


Awarded by
French Academy of Cinema Jean Becker Best Director 1999 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Pierre Bachelet Best Music 1999 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema William Flageollet Best Sound 1999 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema André Dussollier Best Supporting Actor 1999 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Guillaume Sciama Best Sound 1999 Nominee