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War of the Buttons

La guerre des boutons

Comedy / Action/Adventure

1960. The thrilling battles waged by a band of kids from two rival villages in the Southern France countryside

Based on Louis Pergaud’s successful novel

Directed by

Yann Samuell (War of the Buttons, Love Me If You Dare, With Love from the Age of Reason)


Eric Elmosnino (War of the Buttons, The Skylab, Gainsbourg -Cesar Award 2010 for Best Actor)
Fred Testot (Sam, Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami, War of The Buttons, Woman under influence)
Mathilde Seigner (Sam Season 1, Back to Mom's, The Girl from Paris, Harry, He's Here to Help)


One World Films (Gainsbourg: Je t'aime, moi non plus)

2011 / Original language: French / Color / 1.85 / Dolby SR - SRD / available in hd & 2k

A village in the South of France, 1960. A band of country boys aged 7 to 14, led by fearless young Lebrac, wages an uncompromising battle against their sworn rivals, the kids from the neighboring village. A war of honor and allegiance that's been kept alive for generations, in which humiliation is the most fearsome defeat and no tactic is too extreme, including attacking the enemy stark naked! With their newest recruit, the brave and ingenious tomboy called Lanterne, victory is a skipping stone's throw away. But it's not easy to be an army of half-pints and not get into trouble with Mom and Dad after coming home from battle with torn clothes and missing buttons!
Based on an internationally bestselling French novel, WAR OF THE BUTTONS is a tender, funny, poignant family comedy about the meaning of independence and solidarity, wars big and small, childhood, and coming of age.


Written and directed by
Yann Samuell
(Love Me If You Dare, With Love from the Age of Reason)

Adapted from
Louis Pergaud’s successful novel

Executive production company
One World Films
(Gainsbourg: Je T’Aime, Moi Non Plus)

Director of photography
Julien Hirsch
(Korkoro - Freedom, Lady Chatterley – Cesar for the Best Photography)

Chief editor
Sylvie Landra
(Change of Plans, Orchestra Seats, Catwoman, Joan of Arc, The Fifth Element, Leon; 4 Cesar nominations for Best Editing)

Charlotte David
(Oss 117 1 & 2 - Cesar-nominee for Best Costumes)

First assistant director
Valérie Othnin-Girard
(Paris 36, Crimson Rivers)

Casting director (children)
Julie David
(Little Nicholas, The Round Up)

Production manager
Pascal Bonnet
(Gainsbourg, Je T'Aime, Moi Non Plus; Priceless)

Cyril Holtz

Sound engineer
Nicolas Cantin
(Carlos, The Chorus - Cesar-nominee for Best Sound)


International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino

Golden Goats for Best Live-action Feature Film for Children


“This family comedy is sure to please all audiences, even the very young.”
Paris Match

“Alain Chabat and Eric Elmosnino are irresistible, the kids are fabulous and their misadventures charming”
La Dernière Heure (Belgium)

“What a joy!”
“Elmosnino is awesome, Chabat is hilarious”
Version Femina

“An irresistible cast”
“Wonderful kids and hilarious duels between Elmosnino and Chabat”

“A total success, with a wisely chosen cast”

“A great success”
Télé Poche

“A colorful and poetic War of the Buttons carried by an incredible gang of kids and supported by Eric Elmosnino at his best”
Le Soir (Belgium)

“The film wins you over with its sincerity and good energy”
Le Matin (Switzerland)

“We love the film’s lightness and spirit of freedom”
Le Parisien

“Adding a tomboy is a great original idea…”
“delightful dialogue and perfect acting”
Express Style

“A film to see with the whole family, funny and nostalgic”
Le Journal de Mickey

"A family-friendly ode"
Screen Daily

“A beautiful story of adolescence – refreshing”

“Tigibus is adorable”

“Going on these charming, funny adventures is a great pleasure. The kids are amazingly natural, and the adults, who are still just big kids, seem to be having a lot of fun.”
“A fully refreshing story.”
France Catholique

“A family film with dialogue right on target”
Be (Belgium)

“ *** ”
Télé Loisirs

“This remake reaches its target”
Télé 7 Jours

“Real family entertainment, well-paced, with classic cinematography and wonderful acting by the children, all impeccable, as well as the adults.”
La Dépêche du Midi

“A family comedy that will make kids laugh, parents smile and grandparents melt with nostalgia. It’s a lovely film filled with sunshine, the joy of life and human warmth, filmed with simplicity but vibrantly alive.”
Le Quotidien du Médecin

“The kids are full of life. We feel a tender authenticity in them, further strengthened in the dialogue.”
Pélerin Magazine

“A successful and sensitive reflection upon progressivism”
“Eric Elmosnino is very convincing”
La Libre Belgique (Belgium)


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