War of the Buttons (2011 film)

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War of the Buttons
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La Nouvelle Guerre des boutons
Directed by Christophe Barratier
Produced by Thomas Langmann
Daniel Delume
Emmanuel Montamat
Screenplay by Stéphane Keller
Christophe Barratier
Philippe Lopes-Curval
Based on War of the Buttons
by Louis Pergaud
Starring Guillaume Canet
Laetitia Casta
Kad Merad
Gérard Jugnot
Music by Philippe Rombi
Cinematography Jean Poisson
Edited by Anne-Sophie Bion
Yves Deschamps
Distributed by Mars Films
Release date
  • 21 September 2011 (2011-09-21)
Running time
100 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $14.9 million
Box office $13.9 million[1]

War of the Buttons (original title: La Nouvelle Guerre des boutons) is a 2011 French film directed by Christophe Barratier.[2]


The story takes place in March 1944 in a small French village. The children from the neighbouring villages of Longeverne and Velrans have been waging this merciless war as long as anyone can remember: the buttons of all the little prisoners' clothes are removed so that they head home almost naked, vanquished and humiliated. Consequently, this conflict is known as the "War of the Buttons." The village that collects the most buttons will be declared the winner. Meanwhile, Violette, a young Jewish girl, has caught the eye of Lebrac, the chief of the Longeverne kids.



The CD soundtrack composed by Philippe Rombi was released on Music Box Records label.


Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 26%, based on 23 reviews, with an average score of 4.8/10.[3] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 40, based on 14 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[4]


  1. ^ "La Nouvelle guerre des boutons (War of the Buttons (2012)) (2011)". JPBox-Office. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  2. ^ "The War of the Buttons (II)". unifrance.org. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  3. ^ "La nouvelle guerre des boutons (War of the Buttons) (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  4. ^ "War of the Buttons". Metacritic. 

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