Martin Guerre
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The Return of Martin Guerre
Le retour de Martin Guerre


The Middle Ages. poverty, superstition


True story from the 16th century, recorded by a court clerk. Has been retold in bookform and as a movie many times. Martin Guerre left his young wife and his village in the south of France when he was 16. He returns after an absence of eight years during which he fought in several wars. The people who knew him wonder whether he is really Martin, but he knows all about his family and friends, even the most unusual things. Is this man really Martin Guerre?


Daniel Vigne

Main Actors

Gérard Depardieu, Natalie Baye




123 minutes


1. Characterize life in a village during the 16th century (late Middle Ages).
2. Name several good traits of character of "Martin"
3. Name several "bad" traits of character of "Martin"
4. Why did Martin's wife Bertrande "accept" him?
5. Name a few shots that suggest paintings (Le Nain, Georges de La Tour, Vermeer paintingsVermeer)

Related Websites

Gérard Depardieu in "The Return of Martin Guerre" (with lots of stills from the movie)



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