The Return of Martin Guerre

1982, 112m, 4K DCP Director’s Cut, France

Showtimes & Tickets

Screened July 5–18, 2019

In the 16th century, Martin Guerre (Gérard Depardieu) returns home to his village after seven years away at war, demonstrating far more wisdom, strength of character, and tenderness than both the locals and wife (Nathalie Baye) remember him as having. Accusations of identity theft arise, landing the man she loves in court—while keeping the audience guessing. A real-life case that resonated throughout French history had already been turned into a book, play, and opera before producer-director Vigne enlisted the services of screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière for this adaptation. With visuals drawn from Bruegel’s paintings, this richly textured drama won three César Awards and earned an Oscar nomination for Anne-Marie Marchand’s costume design. With future French cinema mainstays Tchéky Karyo and Dominique Pinon. A Cohen Film Collection release

In French with English subtitles

A film by Daniel Vigne

A period film that speaks to our moment… Gérard Depardieu is superb.” 

Vincent Canby, The New York Times