Strayed

2003, War/Drama, 1h 35m

61 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Understated but compelling wartime drama. Read critic reviews

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In Nazi-occupied France in the 1940s, a widowed school teacher, Odile (Emmanuelle Béart), races to get out of Paris with her two children, Philippe (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet) and Cathy (Clémence Meyer). Destruction and mayhem in the city streets force the family to flee into the forest, where they meet a 17-year-old boy, Yvan (Gaspard Ulliel), who leads them to a safe house. Once there, Odile and Yvan explore their sexual feelings for each other, even as the Nazis pursue them.

Cast & Crew

Emmanuelle Béart
Odile
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
Philippe
Clémence Meyer
Cathy
Nicholas Mead
Le soldat blessé
Robert Eliott
Le jeune gendarme
Nigel Hollidge
Le réfugié
André Téchiné
Director
André Téchiné
Writer
Adam Betteridge
Executive Producer
Michael Cowan
Co-Producer
Philippe Sarde
Original Music
Agnès Godard
Cinematographer
Jacques Grant
Casting
Zé Branco
Production Design
Christian Gasc
Costume Designer
Cédric Gérard
Makeup
Daniel Szuster
Production Manager
Sandra Mainguené
First Assistant Director
Jean-Raphaël Dedieu
Sound
Alan Church
Visual Effects
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Critic Reviews for Strayed

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Audience Reviews for Strayed

  • Jan 15, 2011
    I dont know a hoot about French history. Nevertheless I enjoyed this movie a lot. Although it's a story of a Parisian family running away from war, this is not exactly a period war movie. it deals with the struggles of a family to survive, and the relation between a widowed mother and a young stranger.
    Sajin P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2010
    Once the end credits roll, you may think to yourself that <i>Les Egarés</i> 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 <i>Cuckoo's Nest</i> without the underlying inspirational message. Nevertheless, with <i>Les Egarés</i> I found the parts greater than the sum.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2009
    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.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2005
    [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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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