Chouans! is a 1988 French historical adventure film directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Sophie Marceau, Philippe Noiret, and Lambert Wilson.[1] Based on the 1829 novel Les Chouans by Honoré de Balzac, the film is about a woman who must choose between two brothers on opposite sides of the French Civil War of 1793.[2] For her performance in the film, Sophie Marceau received the Cabourg Romantic Film Festival Award for Best Actress.[3]

Theatrical release poster
Directed byPhilippe de Broca
Produced byAriel Zeitoun
Written by
  • Philippe de Broca
  • Daniel Boulanger
Music byGeorges Delerue
CinematographyBernard Zitzermann
Edited byHenri Lanoë
Distributed byUGC
Release date
  • 23 March 1988 (1988-03-23) (France)
Running time
143 minutes


In 1793, during the French Revolution, a young woman named Céline (Sophie Marceau), who was adopted by Count Savinien de Kerfadec, must choose between two men who have been raised like her brothers, Tarquin Larmor (Lambert Wilson) and Aurèle de Kerfadec (Stéphane Freiss), while they take opposite sides in the conflict. Tarquin, also adopted by the Count, is a partisan of the New Republic and defends the new political system; Aurèle, the Count's natural son, supports the Royalist side. Both sons are in love with Céline. After the Republican Army decimates Western France, an insurgence of peasants, clergy, and aristocrats loyal to the Royalists stage a counterrevolution.


  • Philippe Noiret as Savinien de Kerfadec
  • Sophie Marceau as Céline
  • Lambert Wilson as Tarquin Larmor
  • Stéphane Freiss as Aurèle de Kerfadec
  • Charlotte de Turckheim as Olympe de Saint-Gildas
  • Jean-Pierre Cassel as Baron de Tiffauges
  • Roger Dumas as Bouchard
  • Raoul Billerey as Grospierre
  • Jacqueline Doyen as Adélaïde, l'Abbesse Marie de l'Assomption
  • Vincent Schmitt as Lote
  • Claudine Delvaux as Jeanne
  • Jean Parédès as le Chapelain
  • Isabelle Gélinas as Viviane
  • Vincent de Bouard as Yvon
  • Maxime Leroux as Le Prêtre réfractaire
  • Luc-Antoine Diquéro as Le Sergent Pierrot
  • Claude Aufaure as Croque-au-sel
  • Michel Degand as Le Prêtre jureur[4]


Filming locations

Awards and nominations

  • 1988 Cabourg Romantic Film Festival Award for Best Actress (Sophie Marceau) Won
  • 1989 César Award for Most Promising Actor (Stéphane Freiss) Won
  • 1989 César Award Nomination for Best Costume Design (Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle)


  1. "Chouans!". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  2. "Chouans!". Moviefone. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  3. "Awards for Chouans!". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  4. "Full cast and crew for Chouans!". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  5. "Filming locations for Chouans!". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
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