Category: Feature Film
Production year: 2011
Release date: 21/09/2011
DVD release date: 21/01/2012
VOD rental start date: 21/01/2012
Country: France
Genre(s): Drama
Runtime: 1.40

Director(s): Christophe Barratier
Cast: Kad Merad, Gérard Jugnot, Laetitia Casta, Guillaume Canet
Scriptwriter(s): Stéphane Keller, Christophe Barratier

Production company: La Petite Reine
French Distributor: Mars Distribution
International sales: Wild Bunch | Reines Sales | Orange Studio
Video edition: Mars Films


While the planet is shaken by the terrible events of World War II, another war is been played out in a remote corner of the French countryside. The children of neighbouring villages Longeverne and Velran have always hated each other. Now their battle takes a new turn: prisoners will have the buttons of their clothes removed and return home almost naked, vanquished, humiliated. The «War of the Buttons» has been declared and whichever village collects the most buttons will be declared the victor. Our story follows Lebrac, a tough, troubled but big-hearted 13-year-old and Longeverne’s ‘chief strategist’ and his lieutenants: Top Hat, The Cove and their mascot, Little Hat, an irrepressible 8-year-old who takes part with a hilarious seriousness. The arrival of Violette, a young girl from the city, sets hearts racing, most of all that of Lebrac, and romance follows quickly. But Violette’s appearance raises suspicions: she is of Jewish origins and has taken refuge with her alleged aunt, the beautiful Simone, with whom the village teacher is secretly in love. Will Violette’s background be discovered? Will she be denounced?