Age of uprising

Age of uprising

the legend of Michael Kohlhaas

DVD - 2014 | French
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With the age of feudalism in decline, Europe rests at a tense crossroads between the old world and the new. Respected, well-to-do horse merchant Michael Kohlhaas is a loving husband and family man leading a peaceful existence, until a ruthless nobleman steals his horses, setting off a chain of irreversible events. Kohlhaas resorts to extremes after these crimes destroy his livelihood and trust in the law, igniting a rampage through the countryside in his quest for justice.
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Music Box Films, ©2014
Branch Call Number: FRENCH ENGLISH AGE
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical,surround,5.1 Dolby Digital
1 DVD (approximately 122 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2017

When one prosperous horse trader suffered a personal loss inflicted by a nobleman, he tried to get reparations from the tribunal, in the days of kings in old France. Not unlike modern days of a little guy's fight against city hall, no dice going against the kinsmen of the nobles. Refused to accept the rigged court ruling and having suffered more great personal losses, he led an uprising to force the court to reconsider. A study on the social lives and values in a monarchy (dictator) system, a timely topic in today's geopolitical climate with good settings and actors but agree that too many slow static scenes shot in gloomy natural light with cantankerous background sounds.

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dprodrig
Jan 04, 2016

I have to agree with Lindy919. I watch a lot of foreign films, and can enjoy a slow paced movie that takes it's time to get where it is going, but this was terrible. I had to shut it off after awhile because it just didn't have anything to redeem it. The story was bizarre and the premise sketchy, the dialogue was tedious (good French accent or not) and in the end I decided it just wasn't worth my time.

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JackPurcell
May 14, 2015

A worthy movie to spend an evening with.

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maybaby
Mar 05, 2015

Far from boring in my opinion. This isn't an action film. It's a thoughtful period piece, a historical drama.
Mads' french is impeccable. Strange to hear him speaking other than English or his native Danish.

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lindy919
Feb 14, 2015

Extremely slow paced and boring. Poorly directed/edited. Monotone dialogue delivery. Huge disappointment. as I usually like Mads M.

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finn75
Sep 29, 2014

Love this actor. Very atmospheric. Local horse dealer rages and goes to war over injustices aimed at him by local Baron with devastating consequences. Interesting end.

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2017

Kohlhaas... Is your business so fragile that it can't stand the loss of two horses?
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When I was a child, a rebellion broke out in a neighbouring province a little distance away. And one day, a beggar who had passed through that province brought into my father's house a rebel's manifesto. It was a feast day. There were guests in every room. The priest read out the first article and everyone started to laugh. My father tore up the manifesto and chased off the beggar, beating him with a stick.
-Why?
The peasants complained, in those twelve articles that they counted as less than our dogs. I was twelve years old. The great peasant rebellion took place a month later.
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I've also broken the law. Sometimes. Like all men. I want to say... if there is a just God... I'm not sure what will happen. If I weigh on one side of the scales what I did and on the other side what was done to me...

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2017

That's your idea of justice? Hanging your own men? That's why you burn and massacre? It seem as though you are preparing to ravage an entire town. All these people you're leading to war... Do they know what awaits them? What did you tell them? That Kohlhaas was the victim of a great injustice? You're a merchant. You're business is prosperous. For you, life is easy. What effort did you make to obtain justice? Me, I see that your heart is corrupted. That you are leading all these people into a war that doesn't concern them. I see that the sword that you wield is not the sword of justice. That you are not a soldier of God.
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War does not give us the right. Demanding tolls... Stealing... That is what the lord does. That is not what we do.
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The Bible tells us to forgive our enemies. I pray to God... that He never grant us such forgiveness as we will give our dog of a lord.

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2017

You live as much by the love as by the fear you inspire. If you inspire only fear, everyone despises you. Only love... and it is sign of weakness.
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If everyone acted as you do there would be no order, no justice. And you... What would you do if, among your own troops each one wanted to be independent, to take justice into his own hands and seek vengeance for himself? You would say that it is a higher power that must judge. That no one may be the judge of his own cause. God would help you if you knew how to suffer as He asks of you. If you learned to endure and to bear injustice. Do you not know that it does not befit a Christian to fight with the sword and the arquebus but with the cross and with patience? That his triumph is neither domination nor power but submission and humility? I've spent my life convincing the Church and the princes that they had no reason to fear us. That all we asked was to be allowed
to live and prosper alongside them.

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