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LOUISE MICHEL

by Sólveig Anspach

synopsis

Louise Michel is a woman, a rebel, a Communard. She is also a teacher and friend of Victor Hugo. Imprisoned for arming herself and rising up against Bismarck's troops, then those of Versailles, upon her release she is deported, along with thousands of other revolutionaries, to distant New Caledonia. Meanwhile in Paris, the young member of parliament Georges Clemenceau, indefatigable but isolated, fights for amnesty for the Communards. During her time in exile Louis proves to be an exemplary resistance fighter. Everyone admires her. Not only does she strengthen her comrades' courage, but she creates bonds with the islands inhabitants, the Kanaks. She teaches them French, discovers their customs and identity and supports their rebellion. On the isolated island of New Caledonia, Louise Michel establishes herself as a leader because of her personality. Be it in Paris or Noumea, the story of Louise is one of a rebel.

international title: Louise Michel
original title: Louise Michel, la rebelle
country: France
sales agent: Wide Management
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Sólveig Anspach
film run: 90'
release date: FR 07/04/2010
screenplay: Sólveig Anspach, Jean-Luc Gaget, Jacques Kirsner, Michel Ragon
cast: Sylvie Testud, Nathalie Boutefeu, Alexandre Steiger, Bernard Blancan, Augustin Watreng, Eric Caruso, Jean-Paul Smadja, Pierre Deladonchamps, Coralie André, Magali Vuillemot
cinematography by: Isabelle Razavet
film editing: Matilde Grosjean
art director: Jimmy Vansteenkiste
costumes designer: Edith Vesperini
music: Martin Wheeler
producer: Jacques Kirsner
production: Jem Productions, France Télévisions, TV5 Monde
backing: Gouvernement de la Nouvelle Calédonie, Province Sud de Nouvelle Calédonie, Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l'Image Animée
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