The House in the Woods | Chicago Reader

The House in the Woods

Maurice Pialat's 1971 TV miniseries, set in a rural French community toward the end of World War I, is bracingly devoid of sentimentality, building emotion through accretion of details and an unvarnished yet ultimately generous view of humanity. A gamekeeper (Pierre Doris), his wife (Jacqueline Dufranne), and their two grown children welcome three displaced Parisian boys into their secluded home in the forest. One of the youngsters (Herve Levy), troubled by his parents' mysterious absence, begins acting out, but his warmth and spontaneity disarm many of the locals—including the gamekeeper's boss, an aloof marquis with some dark secrets of his own. In French with subtitles. 360 min.

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