The Officers' Ward (film)

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The Officers' Ward
La Chambre des officiers.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by François Dupeyron
Produced by Laurent Pétin
Michèle Pétin
Written by François Dupeyron
Marc Dugain
Starring Eric Caravaca
Music by Jean-Michel Bernard
Cinematography Tetsuo Nagata
Edited by Dominique Faysse
Distributed by ARP Sélection
Release date
18 May 2001
Running time
135 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget € 7.4 million[1]

The Officers' Ward (French: La Chambre des officiers), is a 2001 French film, directed by François Dupeyron and starring Eric Caravaca as the central character. It was based on the novel by Marc Dugain, which in turn was based on the experiences of one of the author's own ancestors during World War I.[2][3] The film received nine nominations at the 27th César Awards, winning Best Supporting Actor for André Dussollier and Best Cinematography for Tetsuo Nagata.

Plot[edit]

The film concentrates more on the period spent in hospital than the original novel, and emphasizes the horror of the friends' injuries. On Adrien's arrival at the ward, all the mirrors are removed and staff are instructed not to give any to him, but we see from the expressions on the faces of others just how bad the damage is. Adrien becomes increasingly desperate to see the damage done to his face, even asking a visitor to draw a picture of him. Dupeyron ensures that we do not see the horrifying extent of Adrien's injuries until the moment that he himself does - by looking at his reflection in a window pane.

There is a strong focus on the fleeting romance between Adrien and Clémence, a woman he meets by chance shortly before departing for the war, and his later attempts to track her down. When he finally does meet her again, she fails to recognise him.

Whereas the novel follows the experiences of the group right up to World War II and beyond, the film ends just after the First World War, the final scene being Adrien's chance meeting with his future wife.

Cast[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Cannes Film Festival (France)
  • César Awards (France)
    • Won: Best Cinematography (Tetsuo Nagata)
    • Won: Best Actor – Supporting Role (André Dussollier)
    • Nominated: Best Actor – Leading Role (Eric Caravaca)
    • Nominated: Best Costume Design (Catherine Bouchard)
    • Nominated: Best Director (François Dupeyron)
    • Nominated: Best Film
    • Nominated: Best Writing (François Dupeyron)
    • Nominated: Most Promising Actor (Grégori Derangère and Jean-Michel Portal)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La Chambre des officiers". JP's Box-Office. 
  2. ^ "The Officers' Ward". unifrance.org. Retrieved 2015-07-19. 
  3. ^ "The Officers' Ward". cineuropa.org. Retrieved 2015-07-19. 
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Officers' Ward". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 

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