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Les égarés (Strayed)

Les égarés (Strayed) (2003)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 6

Understated but compelling wartime drama.



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June 1940. German troops are advancing on Paris. Odile, a widowed teacher, succumbs to the widespread panic and, with her two children, joins the exodus from the city. Philippe is on the cusp of adolescence, Little Cathy knows only that they are going South. After fifty kilometers, a German plane attacks, decimating the helpless refugees. Odile and her children lose everything. A shaven-headed youth appears from nowhere and leads them away from the carnage. His name is Yvan, he's seventeen years

Nov 23, 2004


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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (15) | DVD (4)

A picture-book French film that's pretty and trite, rather than edgy and moving.

July 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Has the strange clarity of a fable.

July 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Ulliel is brilliant as a lost boy who has grown mad in a world filled with madness. And Beart's portrayal is haunting.

July 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A beautifully balanced portrait of a family that is tested and irrevocably altered by a devastating World War II experience.

June 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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War may set the stage for Strayed, but the film's real focus is something much quieter and internal.

June 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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A fascinating mystery -- a halcyon idyll with a gnawing sense of terror at the edge.

June 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Andre Techine, maestro of the French New Wave directors, tells a seductively simple story of survival set on the outskirts of German occupied Paris in June of 1940.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source:

Strayed proves to be as lost and elusive as its fugitive characters.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Reminiscent of such desert island classics as Swept Away and Lord of the Flies, this film is at heart, a microscopic suspense drama quite independent of the war which brought its unfortunate characters together.

May 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

The film provides some sort of closure at the historical point in which conventional WW2 film would only begin.

June 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

A psychologically acute study of individuals in extreme circumstances. It is not easily forgotten.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

In its reserved, deliberate fashion it builds considerable power.

July 18, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

those in the mood for a patient, self-assured tapestry of changing relationships will be rewarded.

July 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

The film is really more about the aftershocks of war, and how they upset the internal balance of its survivors.

July 7, 2004 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

If Bon Voyage ... didn't satiate your desire for films about the Nazi occupation of France in World War II, you're in luck. Another one has washed up on our shores, and it's even better.

June 25, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

..excels in period atmosphere and photography...But there's also a lack of drive and urgency in Techine's direction, which become most obvious in the muffled ending.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Strayed feels like a chapter in a much longer work.

June 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

The film manages to evoke the uncertainties and terrors of war without subjecting us to the usual battle scenes and unquestioning heroism.

June 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A wartime drama that's more about the drama than about the war - you keep thinking you know where the story's going, but it keeps surprising you by taking a different turn.

June 18, 2004 Full Review Source:

The drama here is rather trite and never adds up to anything you can put your finger on.

June 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for Les égarés (Strayed)

[font=Century Gothic]"Strayed" starts out on June 10, 1940. Odile(Emmanuelle Beart) is a young mother fleeing Paris with her 13-year old son and 6-year old daughter. They are part of a long, slow procession of refugees heading south when it is suddenly attacked by German planes, strafing and bombing them. The family survives the attack and makes their way from the convoy cross country with the help of a myserious 17-year old named Yvan(Gaspard Ulliel)who has some very handy survival skills. Eventually, they stumble across an abandoned chateau.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Strayed" is a beautifully shot film about being civilized just as everything else is falling apart.("The Time of the Wolf", released about the same time, covered similar territory.) For example, Odile tries desperately to retain the sense of normalcy that her family provides. But after a great start, the movie alsmost comes to a halt when they get settled in at the chateau. And Emmanuelle Beart is good as always.[/font]
August 8, 2005
Walter M.

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Once the end credits roll, you may think to yourself that Les Egarés doesn't add up to much. Or you may see it like me and find a lot of value in those little pieces. The film follows a mother and her son & daughter fleeing from Paris in June 1940 as the Nazis invade. Soon they encounter a streetwise - or in this case, countrywise - youth who knows more about survival than the three of them combined. They stumble upon an abandoned luxury house far from the German warpath and have serious choices to make about their futures.

I learned a little bit about the hardships of French citizens during the WW II occupation and experienced a little bit of rushing fear as German planes drop their bombs. The 4-way dynamic between the characters forms the core of the film with the varying degrees of experience each person has creating a separate layer to explore: the hopeful yet pragmatic mother, the bluntly realistic loyal son, the quizzical innocent young daughter, and the bold resourceful stranger who is not all he claims to be. Emmanuelle Béart delivers a strong, resolute performance, as does newcomer Gaspard Ulliel. The other child actors also contribute seamlessly, which is vitally important since Béart is the only adult present during most of the film. The ending came rather unexpectedly & reminded me of Cuckoo's Nest without the underlying inspirational message. Nevertheless, with Les Egarés I found the parts greater than the sum.
October 13, 2011
Doctor Strangeblog

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Les Égarés was a beautiful war drama. The story was understandable why the French people had to escape from Paris when it was invaded by the Germans. Emmanuelle Beart played Odile a schoolteacher who escaped from Paris with her 2 children, on the road her car was bombed by German airplanes. She was helped by Yvan,good performed by Gaspard Ulliel. They ran into the forest and found a house, where they stayed for some days. Yvan was only 17 years old but even so he was desiring Odile, which was way older then him. Their love scene was very sensual and erotic.I was amazed by the beauty of this French actress.The story was real, attractive, original and good.
October 27, 2009
Daisy Maduro

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