War of the Buttons

Synopsis: The school boys of two villages in France are fighting. Their trophy are the buttons they will snatch from the enemy. This fight will bring those kids to everlasting friendship...eventually.
Genre: Comedy, Family
Director(s): Yves Robert
Production: Comet Films
  1 win.
90 min



(and their parents...)

Sir! Would you like to buy stamps

to help people with tuberculosis?

Help fight

people with tuberculosis!

It's for cancer!

You boys from Longeverne

aren't very quick.

The boys from Velrans already

hit me for two books of stamps.

And that was at least an hour ago.

Two? Why did you buy from them

since you are from Longevernes?

It's because the sick can't wait.

You don't mess around

with sickness, you know?

Watch out!

Everything's fine

as long as you're healthy.

But when you're sick...

You don't mess around

with sickness.

Everything's fine

as long as you're healthy.

But when your health goes, you

can't mess around with sickness.

Which one do we attack?

The priest!

He can't turn us down. Father!

- Would you like some stamps?

- It's for a good cause!

Darn it!

He's already got some, too!

On top of that,

he made us miss Nestor.

Let's run after him!

He has to walk his bike uphill.

How dare you

try selling me stamps?

I'll show you

what I think of that!

Hey, you jerks from Velrans!

He's our mailman, not yours.

We can forget about the priest,

but Nestor belongs to us.

You can't sell him stamps.

Nestor? From Longeverne?

He belongs to all of France.

- That's right! Nobody owns him.

- Go ahead, call us jerks again.

- Jerks! Jerks!

- Thieves! Mailman stealers!

You people from Longeverne

have soft balls!

What does that mean?

Everyone from Longeverne

has soft balls!

Beat it!

Get lost, losers!

I'm gonna tell--

I'm gonna tell Lebraque.

Guys, the first bell's ringing!

I thought he said "snowballs."

- Hi, Gibus.

- Hi.

I knew I shouldn't have went.

- What happened?

- Some Velrans jerks ambushed us.

- They pelted us with stones.

- Then they said we were snowballs.

- They didn't call us that.

- So what did they call us?

What names? What names?

Well, we didn't really understand.

- Let's go ask Lebraque.

- Yeah!

What names? What names? Tell me!

Stamp sale to raise funds

for the fight against tuberculosis.

Here come the Gibus brothers.

What happened?

What do you want?

So... what do you want?

Sir, are there any bad words

with "soft" in them?

You're asking me that?

I don't know any bad words.

My eye!

Come on, what's the baddest

bad word that has "soft" in it?

"Balls," we know, everybody's

got them. But why "soft"?

We don't care, but we must

find out if it's nasty.


Even the teacher

doesn't know what it is.

- You moron! You told him?

- Yeah, but not to his face.

Hey, you're smart, little Gibus.

Move out of my way.

Hey, Gaston, come here.

- Where's your father?

- Over there.

Go call your father "soft balls."

- He'll give you some candy.

- Will I have to give it to you?

It's okay, you can keep it.

Go, and don't forget!

Soft balls, soft balls, soft balls.

Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!

All right, settle down.

- Finished counting, Lacrique?

- Yes, sir, it's a piece of cake.

Hey, Camus, did he come out yet?

- No.

none sold. Tintin:

none sold. Camus: one sold.

- That will make the count uneven.

- Boulon--

Here he comes!

Back in your seats everyone.

Camus, sit down!


Tonight, we'll show the Velrans...

if we have soft balls.

- Come on, guys.

- We've been running pretty fast.

- Did you bring the chalk?

- I've got my pockets full of it.

Guys, guys! Wait for me!

Sorry, my parents

won't let me go without him.

You really look stupid. Let's go.

Why don't we take the road?

- The rabbits' way is faster.

- No way, we'll tear our pants.

Just do like everyone else

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Louis Pergaud

Louis Pergaud (22 January 1882 – 8 April 1915) was a French writer and soldier, whose principal works were known as "Animal Stories" due to his featuring animals of the Franche-Comté in lead roles. His most notable work was the novel La Guerre des boutons (1912) (English: The War of the Buttons). It has been reprinted more than 30 times, and is included on the French high-school curriculum.A schoolteacher by profession, Pergaud came into conflict with Roman Catholic authorities over the implementation of the Third French Republic's separation of Church and State enacted in 1905. In 1907 Pergaud chose to move to Paris to pursue his literary career. Pergaud's prose works are often considered to reflect the influences of Realist, Decadent and Symbolist movements. He was killed at age 33 in April 1915, by French fire while in a field hospital behind German lines; he was serving with the French Army near Marchéville-en-Woëvre during the First World War. The War of the Buttons has been adapted five times as a film, four times in French productions and once in an Irish one. It was adapted most recently in France in two films released the same week in September 2011. Both were set during the twentieth century. more…

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