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Year: 2018

Original Title: Le retour du héros

Length: 90 minutes

Genre: Comedy, History

Studios: Studio Canal

Suitable for 12 years and over

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Release Dates

United Kingdom: December 07 2018

United States:


Ranking: 5,970 out of 14,742 movies (up 977)


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1809, France. Captain Neuville, a great seducer, asks the hand of the young Pauline with the distrust of his elder sister, Elisabeth. One day Neuville is called to the front and leaves his future wife, Pauline, with a broken heart. The sister of the abandoned woman decides to write letters in the name of her beloved to encourage her turning into his stories in a real war hero, but everything goes to hell when Neuville returns. Laurent Tirard directs and co-writes this historical comedy starring Oscar-winning Jean Dujardin ('The Artist'), Mélanie Laurent ('Damned Bastards') and Noémie Merlant ('A Week in Corsica'). A very funny French and Belgian co-production that premiered on February 14, 2018.


Cast Return of the Hero

Jean Dujardin

Jean Dujardin

Capitán Charles-Grégoire Neuville

Mélanie Laurent

Mélanie Laurent

Elisabeth Beaugrand

Féodor Atkine

Féodor Atkine

General Mortier-Duplessis

Christian Bujeau

Christian Bujeau

Monsieur Beaugrand



Trivia Return of the Hero

In the words of the director, the comedy is influenced by numerous masterpieces of cinema, such as: 'Drums Along the Mohawk' or 'The Searchers'. There are also hints to films like 'Gone with the Wind' when Neuville is telling his exploits to an audience. This film is the return to the comedy of the French director and scriptwriter Laurent Tirard.