This movie is a sweet tale of rival towns that longueur and velrans in france during the Nazi controlled 1940’s. These young boys mirror this war but in such a harmless ways with defeating the enemy with stealing the buttons right off their backs. I think what the author was trying to get his point across was no matter the language and time, men will always feel the need to occupy space and territory, even though it is just as simple as boys claiming food in the field. Another argument or statement the author is trying to get the point across is these children had nothing else to do for the common good and were left up to their own devices and in turn still played pretend war, but to them this was for real and reflected the situation that was going on during the war their parents were facing.
The one movie that this particular movie reminded me of this was the film the little rascals because of the small jokes and humor thrown across certain scenes throughout the film. The fighting scene they had amongst the neighborhood kids were similar to that scene alongside the romantic scene with all fia and karal and lenbon and mariam. Even though it is not a french film it reminded me of certain scenes from that particular movie. This film la nouvelle guerre des bouton gave light into what is war like for children during the 1940’s world war II.
My reaction the this film was humored and enlightened because this could have been what some kids delet with the war and made fun out of a situation that unfortunately was caused by adults.
I 100% agree with you, that this reminds me as well of the little rascals. I also like your point that men will always want to be in charge of space and territory.
I agree with your interpretation of the statement being made by the director. Along with the concept of men's need to occupy space and territory, I think he also wanted to show what having power can do to you.
I also thought of this movie when I was watching it. I agree that I get enlightened at the end of this!
War of the Buttons is placed during the end of WW2 in the countryside of France. Two groups of boys from the ‘rival’ villages, fight over who dominates the town. When a city girl mysteriously moves into town, the rivals will have to come together to save the jewish girl in hiding. The argument the director of this film is trying to make is that your differences with others shouldn’t be a problem. The world is better when everyone is getting along and the director shows this with WW2 and then also with the little boys fighting with each other since they’re from different cities. From my previous knowledge of France, this film matched how I knew that Paris is more of a fashionable and innovative city than the countrysides. The one thing about this film is when Americans or even anyone who isn’t from France thinks of the country, they usually only think about Paris. The movie shows a different landscape of France that not many people know about. I really liked this film because it focused on the kids point of view during WW2, which made it less harsh than most war movies. What surprised me most about this film is how the teacher stood up for jews to the tour guide at the art museum and even the nazi’s while taking away the jews, even though he could have gotten punished for doing so. I would definitely recommend this film to others, it didn’t really feel like homework while watching it.
I like how you mentioned that the movie gives you a perspective on the countryside of France, rather than the Paris, love-city, cliche everyone thinks of. I also thought it was nice to see that perspective and it can be just as beautiful as Paris.
I think it is important to talk about the fact that Paris is not the only part of France. You mentioned a big aspect of the film too! Do you think the story would have changed if the setting changed?
I was also very shocked when the school teacher stood up for the Jews. Many people would not have had the courage to do that!
This film was based during the era of the WWII, in the French community, which a majority of the boys in the film, had their fathers at war. They were somewhat influenced by wars that they began a small war themselves based on another group of kids, from a different village, coming into their village.
I feel like the director was trying to convey that when in a state of proving you are not to be messed with, it can get into your head and become a bigger problem than it really is. This statement has a bit of truth behind it, often times people who have power let it get over their heads and end up doing things they would normally not think to do.
The way the school is portrayed is very similar to how discussions of their school system in class have gone. The way they expressed themselves was also very similar to how we have seen in previous films watched. It was very different, though in how their family structures seemed a bit similar to american households.
The film was quite shocking to me, especially close to the end where they beat the mayor’s son because he was a “traitor”. As kids who were just fighting to win buttons, it was surprising that they could turn that savage towards one of their friends. It was very interesting to see their reactions as a country that was close to Germany in the time of the WWII. I enjoyed watching how they came together as a town, when the policemen were trying to capture the girl, Violette. I would like to learn more about the French’s everyday lives, and kind of get a glimpse of what it is like to live in France. I would definitely recommend this film to someone because it is interesting and enjoyable to watch.
I like what you brought up regarding how power can easily get to someone's head. We were able to see that with Lebrac, but it was also really nice to see him realizing that he should be compassionate to others, such as when he apologized to his dad.
This movie is about life during World War II specially focusing on the how it affected the lives of school aged children. The young boys portrayed the war through their own battles with a neighboring town throughout the film. This film was slightly different from what I know about French culture because it took place in a more rural town rather than a city. It also showed the divide between males and females in schools along with the power parents have over their children. I was not surprised to see the importance of fighting for their own country and their pride, this seemed to be a theme of the film. I think the main theme of the film was to stay true to who you are and fight for what you believe in. The boys from Longeverne were led by Lebrac and fought back against the boys from Velran who were led by L'Aztec because two of Lebrac's schoolmates had been picked on. This retaliation battle was the first of a few battles in the war of buttons. The boys fought over buttons as the buttons symbolized pride. Lebrac wanted all men to leave his town "with his pants falling down". This spoke to the theme of pride. Another example of this theme was near the end as the town came together along with L'Aztec to hide and care for Simone and Violette. I related this movie to one I have seen many times, the Little Rascals because the young boys fought off "the bad guys" just as they had seen other do. This movie also involved a love interest and showed what someone would do for a person they cared about. I really enjoyed the film and found it easy to watch. I caught on quickly that Violette was a Jew and at this time was in danger. I was waiting for something bad to happen as is common in French films because they portray realistic endings. Overall, I liked the film and the pride that was exhibited for France.
I like the point you brought up about how L'Aztec helped in saving Violette. I loved this scene within the movie because it showed that some things are worth putting aside your differences for.
This film took place in during the era of World War II, and illustrated the lives of those residing in a small town in France. The film highlights the townspeople’s general apathy towards the war, as depicted by their looks of disdain when the town officials find and arrest Jews that were in hiding. This was also exemplified when Violette was forced to run away, and most people within the town were willing to help her escape despite her religion. Though the war seemed to be looked down upon, it was quite interesting to see how the young boys in the town mirrored the behavior of those who were fighting in the war, through fighting each other in order to defend their respective lands. It was fascinating to see how those young boys tried so hard to fit into the role of a solider. I never realized how a war could have influenced young children in such a way.
The one thing that stuck out to me in regards to my previous knowledge of France was the geography of the small town the film took place in. As exemplified through this film, the French countryside is gorgeous, and is quite different from what we see in America. It was really refreshing to see the young children playing in the outdoors, and building small forts or tools that they played with. These activities are very different from what we see children doing in American films, as the French children seemed a lot more outgoing.
Overall, I very much enjoyed this film, to my surprise. It had the perfect amount of innocence, humor, serenity through the landscape which I had hoped to see, and gave me a lot of insight as to what children in other parts of the world were going through during the time of World War II. I was definitely recommend this film to others.
I had the same feelings as you throughout the film, that how much the war was effecting the little boys. Even though the boys weren't out on the front they mirrored soldiers fighting perfectly.
La Guerre des Boutons is a film set in World War II France which follows the story of two opposing groups of children whose battles mirror those of the war. In the town of Longeverne, a mysterious girl named Violette appears, claiming to be the local seamstress’s goddaughter visiting from Rennes. When the leader of Longeverne’s gang of young boys begins to fall for her, it is revealed that she is a Jew hiding from the Nazi soldiers. At the end of the film, Violette is discovered by a local Nazi. In response, the two gangs of young boys come together with all the people from their towns to hide Violette and help her escape. The statement that I believe the director of this film is trying to make is that people should be tolerant of differences and come together in times of crisis. This is illustrated in Lebrac’s unhesitant acceptance of Violette’s Jewish identity and the coming together of the townspeople to protect her in the end. Coming into this film, I did not hold much knowledge of contemporary French history or life in rural France. La Guerre des Boutons showed me a new side of French culture. Overall, I really enjoyed this film and would definitely recommend it to others.
This film took place in 1944 during WWII and involved action, humor, and romance. Throughout the movie two groups of boys each from different towns get into a war with another. While they're having their war a real war is going on in which a Jewish girl is forced to hide from in the little town the movie takes place in. Towards the end of the film the fighting between several relationships comes to a cease to help the Jewish escape.
I believe the statement the director makes in this film is that when someone is in a desperate need of help anybody and everyone can come together to help that person with no questions asked. You see this happen even in real life events like the aftermath of the recent hurricanes, where people from across the country are helping others in need without hesitation.
In my french class about two years ago during my junior year of high school we learned about a comic where a little boy went to a school and had a group of friends who would do adventurous things around town. The main similarity that stuck out to me was the school. In both stories the group of boys and one girl all went to the same school where they spent a lot of their time, and when not in school would run around town. Another similarity was the small town where everyone knew one another and knew how the group of children could be troublemakers.
I really enjoyed this film and the message it shared with the viewers. I also learned how hard it was for people in France during the time of the war and would like to learn more about France as a whole during that time period. What surprised me the most in the film was how even in France Jewish people were looked down upon. I definitely would recommend this movie others even if they may not understand French or France.
La Guerre des Boutons takes place in France during World War II. As the war goes on, two rival groups from Longeverne and Verlan wage their own war called ‘The War of Buttons’. Soon a Jewish girl named Violette comes to town and the leader of Longeverne, Lebrac, falls for her. The fighting between the two groups as it reaches its peak is halted when the Milis start looking for her. The boys put aside their feud to help Violette and Simone escape. The director is making the statement that we should all respect one another despite our differences. He achieves this thoroughly through the boys and the townspeople coming together to save Violette. My vision of France is very similar to the film. When I think of France I imagine places like Provence, Normandy or Bordeaux. Though most Americans would envision France to be more like metropolitan Paris. They even mention the differences between the bustling, high fashion city life of Paris versus the slow pace of Lovergne in the film. The film also matches what I learned in high school about how certain French towns and citizens would help hide Jewish kids and families.
It is very interesting that the boys adopted/mirrored the same strategies actually used during the war. I was surprised they used psychological warfare in the film, which you would not think young boys would know so much about that. I was delighted to see the film was directed by Christophe Barratier. He also directed one of my favorite French movies Les Choristes, so I expected this film to be good! I would like to know if Violette and LeBrac see each other again! Watching this film gave me a little bit of nostalgia thinking back to when I would explore with my friends back in Battle Creek. It truly is a heartwarming/eye opening point of view of the war. I highly recommend this film to others!