The Horse of Pride

The Horse of Pride is a 1980 rural drama film directed by Claude Chabrol. Its title in French is Le cheval d'orgueil. It is based on Le cheval d'orgueil, an autobiography by Pêr-Jakez Helias. The film takes place in the Bigouden area south of Quimper.[1]

The Horse of Pride
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Directed byClaude Chabrol
Produced byGeorges de Beauregard
Screenplay byDaniel Boulanger
Based onLe cheval d'orgueil by Pêr-Jakez Helias
StarringJacques Dufilho
Bernadette Le Saché
Narrated byGeorges Wilson
Music byPierre Jansen
CinematographyJean Rabier
Edited byMonique Fardoulis
Production
company
Bela Productions
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Planfilm
Distributed byUnion Générale Cinématographique (UGC)
Release date
  • 24 September 1980 (1980-09-24)
Running time
120 minutes
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench

Plot

Set in Brittany from 1908–1918, two peasants marry, have a son, and live in traditional Breton ways which is three generations under one roof, a division of labor between the sexes, elders' stories at night, politics and religion during their little free time. These are difficult times for them – la Chienne du Monde drives some to commit suicide; Ankou (death) is always a possibility. Pierre is born into this provincial family, his lyric childhood interrupted by the outbreak of war and his father's conscription. He learns his catechism and, as a child of a Reds, also reveres school. His grandfather and father often put him on their shoulders, giving him a ride on the horse of pride.

Principal cast

ActorRole
Jacques DufilhoAlain, le grand-père
Bernadette Le SachéAnne-Marie, la mère
François CluzetPierre-Alain, le père
Paul Le PersonGourgon, le facteur
Pierre Le RumeurLe conteur
Michel RobinLe marquis
Ronan HubertPierre-Jacques à 7 ans
Armel HubertPierre-Jacques à 11 ans
Michel BlancCorentin Calvez
Dominique LavanantMarie-Jeanne, la sage-femme

Critical reception

Vincent Canby of The New York Times:

Jackson Adler of Time Out London:

References

  1. Diarmuid Johnson, 'Helias, Pêr-Jakez (1914–95)', in John T. Koch (ed.), Celtic culture: a historical encyclopedia, Volumes 1-5 (2006), pp. 900–901 online
  2. Canby, Vincent (1985-12-18). "Movie Review – The Horse of Pride – SCREEN: CHABROL'S 'HORSE OF PRIDE' – NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  3. "Le Cheval d'Orgueil Review. Movie Reviews – Film". Time Out London. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
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