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War in the Highlands

War in the Highlands

A Feature film by Francis Reusser

Release in France : 05/05/1999


    Winter 1797 - 1798: Napoleonic troops, allied with Swiss revolutionaries, occupy the canton of Vaud and begin preparing for the military conquest of Bern and its vassals. Resistance to the advance of Enlightenment ideas, however, coalesces in the highlands beyond the snow-blocked passes. This clash of philosophies weighs on the romantic fate of David and Julie, who are caught up in the whirlwind of parental conflict, emotional crises, and betrayed friendships, all burdened by civil and religious traditions.

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    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-productions :

    Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Rezo Productions, Arena Films

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    Foreign production companies :

    Cab Productions, Saga Film

    French distribution :

    Rezo Films

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    In the post-revolutionary period, people in the Ormont highlands did not take to the new ideas promoted by the likes of Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot and others. The ancien régime in Bern therefore curried favored with the population by exonerating it from taxes and granting it relative freedom, all the while protecting it from disaster. Little open to change, the people of the Ormonts had long resisted the Protestant reformation; hencefroth they dreaded the revolutionary violence raging in France and therefore took a dim view of the liberal ideas advocated by exiled residents from Vaud.

    (Excerpt from press folder)

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    Full credits (15)

    Executive Producers :

    Jean-Louis Porchet, Gérard Ruey

    Foreign producers :

    Paul Fonteyn, Hubert Toint

    Screenwriters :

    Francis Reusser, Jean-Claude Carrière, Emmanuelle Riedmetten (de)

    Sound Recordist :

    François Musy

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Sandrine Lamantowicz

    Continuity supervisor :

    Élodie Van Beuren

    Music Composer :

    Jean-François Monot

    Still Photographer :

    Jacques Berthet

    Assistant directors :

    George Every, Andréas Meszaros

    Associate Producer :

    Bruno Pesery

    Director of Photography :

    Christophe Beaucarne

    Production Manager :

    Xavier Grin

    Editor :

    Jacques Witta

    Production Designer :

    Jean-Claude Maret

    Costume designer :

    Jean-Claude Maret

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Switzerland, Belgium

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    Majority French (France, Switzerland, Belgium)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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    Dolby SRD