Rent Return of the Hero (2018)

3.3 of 5 from 81 ratings
1h 27min
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France 1809. The charming Captain Neuville (Jean Dujardin) is set to marry Pauline when war breaks out, forcing Neuville to depart for the battlefield. After not hearing from the captain for months, Pauline soon starts to become ill with worry, pushing her sister Elisabeth (Melanie Laurent) to write fake letters on the captain's behalf. When Neuville returns home unexpectedly, he is welcomed in glory but in truth is a war deserter and an opportunistic coward. A suspicious Elisabeth is determined to expose the real Neuville and the two imposters start a ruthless fight; conspiring against each other using the best tricks they can find.
, , , Christophe Montenez, , , , , , , , , Mathilde Roehrich, Christophe Clausier, Virgil Canteloup, Sophie Nicolas, , , , Fred Tousch
Marc Dujardin, Olivia Lagache
Laurent Tirard, Grégoire Vigneron
Le retour du héros
Comedy, Drama
France, Comedy, Drama
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Run Time:
87 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
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Reviews (3) of Return of the Hero

Witty and light-hearted comedy set during the Napoleonic Wars - Return of the Hero review by LR

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The casting of this film is first class. Jean Dujardin fits the bill as the flakey hero Neuville and Melanie Laurent makes an excellent contrast with her keen-eyed, sharp-tongued Elisabeth who could have stepped out of a Jane Austen novel. The story is well told, with many moments of comic suspense and some wonderful, unexpected developments in the plot. The whole business of Elisabeth concocting a heroic military career for Neuville in order to console her despairing sister, and then having to deal with the real Neuville whose return means the end of her fictional hero, is a great comic scenario which the film skilfully mines for our entertainment. Everything about the film works as it should - the script is witty, the acting is colourful, the pace is brisk and the story is told with a deft lightness of touch. This is an amusing yarn to brighten any dull day. Highly recommended.

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Intelligent and entertaining - Return of the Hero review by fs

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We thoroughly enjoyed this film. Reminded me of Vanity Fair actually - a lot of tongue in cheek and anti-hero stuff. Most enjoyable, not violent and not depressing!

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Amusing Period Film - Return of the Hero review by KB

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I would rate this 3 & a 1/2 out of 5. Any French comedy i usually enjoy & that was the case with this. It's lightly amusing all the way through & watchable .Well acted & overall i cannot fault anything.

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