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Un village français (A French Village) is a French television drama series created by chief writer Frédéric Krivine and principal director Philippe Triboit, with the assistance of historical consultant Jean-Pierre Azéma.[1] It is set in Villeneuve, a fictional commune, in the Jura, in German-occupied France during the Second World War. The series was first broadcast on France 3 in June 2009, and has also been shown in Belgium, Switzerland and Canada on TV5 Monde and on MBC in South Korea. In USA on MHZ networks on Amazon Prime or for free on some PBS stations. A seventh season, expected to be the last, began its run on France 3 in October 2016.

Un village français
Un village francais DVD.jpg
Created by Frédéric Krivine
Philippe Triboit
Emmanuel Daucé
Starring Robin Renucci
Audrey Fleurot
Marie Kremer
Francis Renaud
Nicolas Gob
and others
Country of origin France
Original language(s) French
German
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 66
Production
Running time 42–55 minutes
Release
Original network France 3
Picture format HDTV
Original release 4 June 2009 (2009-06-04) – present
Website www.france3.fr/emissions/un-village-francais

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SynopsisEdit

In June 1940, German military forces invade the fictional village of Villeneuve, along the French-Swiss border in the department (province) of Jura, France. The village is put into disarray by the occupying German military, which quickly takes control of all aspects of Villeneuve life, including the subjugation of the local government and police. During the invasion, many residents are either killed or wounded, but the survivors attempt to rebuild from the carnage and try to make sense of the German occupation and the new order that has descended upon their village.

Over the course of the series, viewers witness the evolution of main characters and a variety of minor and recurring characters, as they resist, adapt or collaborate to varying degrees with the occupying German forces with a strong Gestapo presence. The series also presents, in its later seasons, the perspective of an SS officer, Heinrich Müller, a German who investigates acts of resistance and helps to administer and enforce German rule in the village, as the series's main antagonist.

Each season corresponds to one year of the occupation, with the exception of season 1 and season 2, which jointly cover 1940.[2] Stories are set almost exclusively in and around Villeneuve at locations like the school, private residences, police headquarters, German military and SS headquarters, brothel, government offices, local businesses, and surrounding farms and countryside.

Both main and supporting characters' individual loyalties, friendships, morals, and family ties are routinely put to the test as a result of greed, hunger, violence, antisemitism, power struggles, and unseen events occurring during World War II as the village's resources and manpower are increasingly diverted towards supporting the German war effort.

All political dissent and resistance by the occupied villagers is brutally repressed by certain members of the Villeneuve police, the newly formed Milice and the Gestapo, which uses coercion, torture and murder to achieve their goal of a subdued populace they view as inferior. The Gestapo and German military leaders also engage in rounding up the village's Jewish population for deportation to foreign ghettos and concentration camps by putting pressure upon the local police and political leaders to meet strict Jewish deportation quotas.

Other story lines focus upon the formation and coalescence of disparate French resistance groups in the area including the local communist party, Jewish resistance fighters, French Forces of the Interior, police sympathetic to the cause and a ragtag group of inexperienced fighters hiding in the surrounding wooded areas, primarily disaffected youths fleeing the German policy of Service du travail obligatoire, a forced labour program that provides manpower for factories based in Germany. In season 6 (1944), after the Allies liberate Paris, the French resistance makes contact with members of the US Army working behind enemy lines and begins to cooperate directly with the Allies to help sabotage German military operations.

Cast membersEdit

Main cast (in alphabetical order)Edit

 
Robin Renucci, in costume as Daniel Larcher.
Actor Role Duration
Emmanuelle Bach Jeannine Schwartz Season 2– (Season 1, recurring)
Patrick Descamps Henri De Kerven Season 1–4, 6
Nade Dieu Marie Germain Season 1–6
Audrey Fleurot Hortense Larcher Season 1–7
Nicolas Gob Jean Marchetti Season 1–7
Thierry Godard Raymond Schwartz Season 1–7
Marie Kremer Lucienne Borderie Season 1–7
Francis Renaud Jacques Season 1
Robin Renucci Daniel Larcher Season 1–7
Fabrizio Rongione Marcel Larcher Season 1–5
Richard Sammel Heinrich Müller Season 3–7

Recurring cast (in alphabetical order)Edit

Actor Role Duration
Laurent Bateau Albert Crémieux Season 3–4
Nathalie Cerda Madame Morhange Season 1–4
Cyril Couton Servier Season 1-6
Cyril Descours Yvon Season 3
Armelle Deutsch Natacha Season 2
Amandine Dewasmes Marguerite Season 5
Constance Dolle Suzanne Season 1–
Maxim Driesen Gustave Larcher Season 1–
Dan Herzberg Lorrain Germain Season 1–2
François Loriquet Jules Bériot Season 1–
Martin Loizillon Antoine Season 5-
Axelle Maricq Rita de Witte Season 4, 6
Maëva Pasquali Émilie Season 2-3
Philippe Résimont Philippe Chassagne Season 4-
Laura Staincrycer Sarah Season 1–4
Samuel Theis Kurt Wagner Season 1–3, 6

Guest (in alphabetical order)Edit

Actor Role Duration
Grégory Gadebois Garnier 1 Episode

See alsoEdit

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