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also known as Le grand homme

The Great Man2014

  • 4.1
An intimate drama starring newcomer Surho Sugaipov and Dardenne brothers' regular Jérémie Rénier, THE GREAT MAN is a powerful story of war, immigration, friendship and solidarity. Hamilton and Markov are about to finish five years of service in the Foreign Legion. During their six-month posting in Afghanistan, they wind up amidst a crossfire while out on an impromptu and unauthorized leopard hunt. After Hamilton is shot and nearly killed, Markov risks his own life to save him at the expense of his own dreams of gaining French citizenship. Later, Hamilton is reunited with Markov in Paris. Whilst Hamilton remains in the Foreign Legion, Markov ekes out a meager existence as an illegal immigrant, trying to provide for his young son Khadji. When Markov is killed in an accident, Hamilton is now served by conscience to look after the kid of the man who saved his life.

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a simple story, brilliantly told. A study in the sacredness of the father and son relationship and the redeeming power of true friendship.

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a simple story, brilliantly told. A study in the sacredness of the father and son relationship and the redeeming power of true friendship.

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Someone has to tell the people who do subtitles that it is impossible to read thin, light type on a light background. This is Design 101 and it ruins the film....unwatchable...I do wonder if the film's director or producer ever see the finished product....shameful

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This film was outstanding.

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a beautiful & powerful film_a sad story about sorrow & loss but also about life & strength_the boy Khadji is great I got really annoyed with Hamilton about halfway through but as the film grew he did too_and it's a totally beautiful film great cinematography_sometimes ever so quiet so every breath is felt

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Creative montage and artful flow. Powerful story with twists and turns.

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Incredibly beautiful cinematography, that is often other-worldly, along with a very real story are what make this a great film to watch. So tragic a story True friendship never dies -- Jérémie Renier's Hamilton brings up all the nuances of the bond between the two Legionnaires, as well as the pain and struggle of living without -- without his other half.

at once simple and stunning. though clearly deliberate, some of the elipses and small leaps left me wanted more of the drama