Set in occupied WWII France, War of the Buttons tells the tale of pre-teen rebel Lebrac (newcomer Jean Texier) and the "war" he leads between two rival kid gangs from neighboring villages. Once Lebrac falls for Violette (Ilona Bachelier), a young Jewish girl who is new in town and in danger of being exposed by the Nazis, the children are faced with putting their own conflicts aside to protect her and confront the very real war happening around them. Directed by Academy Award(R) nominee Christophe Barratier (Les Chorus) War of the Buttons features model/actress Laetitia Casta (Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, Arbitrage), actor/filmmaker Guillaume Canet (Farewell, Tell No One) and Welcome to the Sticks star Kad Merad. The film is produced and co-written by Thomas Langmann (Academy Award(R) winner for The Artist).
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The slick filmmaking - the movie has a glossy, Hollywood-ready feel that sometimes tips into the cutesy - works against its themes.Rachel Saltz, New York Times, 10.11.2012
Corny ... a revisionist fantasy of French heroism.Jon Frosch, Village Voice, 10.09.2012
At a time when most family movies come processed through extreme software and 3-D glasses, this film's gentle vision of the simple life has its old-fashioned charms - though they press too hard on the emo buttons for my taste.Ella Taylor, NPR, 10.11.2012
It does not attempt to provide a complete or even vaguely realistic depiction of the rural French resistance in the endgame to World War II.Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, 10.11.2012