The Return of Martin Guerre

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France | 1982 | 123 minutes | Daniel Vigne

September 28, 2019

French Cinema Now

In this 1982 film, based on an actual 16th-century incident, Gerard Depardieu plays a man who shows up in a French village claiming to be a villager long thought dead. Is he really Martin Guerre, or an impostor?


Learn a little about histoire française before this screening! Professor Yomi Braester from the University of Washington Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media will talk to audiences about the special place The Return of Martin Guerre (and the book it's based on) holds in French history, and the unique approach the filmmakers used to transform the book into a gripping feature film.

During the middle of the 16th century, Martin Guerre returns to his village in southwest France after being away in the war for almost a decade. The villagers who knew him as a young man suspect he is not Martin, but he seems to know all about his friends, his family, and his wife-even the most unusual things. Is this man really Martin Guerre?

  • Original Language Title: Le retour de Martin Guerre
  • Director: Daniel Vigne
  • Principal Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Maurice Barrier, Nathalie Baye, Dominique Pinon
  • Country: France
  • Year: 1982
  • Running Time: 123 minutes
  • Producer: Daniel Vigne
  • Screenplay: Janet Lewis, Jean-Claude Carrière, Daniel Vigne
  • Cinematographers: Andre Neau
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes