2011 Film: "War of the Vendees"

Most (I hope) Catholics are familiar with the Cristero rebellion in Mexico, and many have seen the film For Greater Glory based on it.

The Vendean region of France had a similar rebellion against the atheist regime of the Jacobites after the French Revolution, as Catholics resisted the imposition of anti-Catholicism and were put down in a genocidal military campaign. It should be as well known as the Cristero rebellion to Catholics.

I just learned there was a 2011 French film made about the Vendees, with a largely amateur cast of children - has anyone seen this?

From the Amazon description:

This inspiring new film from Navis Pictures, producers of St. Bernadette of Lourdes, tells the moving story of France’s little known religious civil war in the years following the French Revolution. Featuring an exuberant and gifted cast of over 250 young Catholics, it is a powerful story of sacrifice and martyrdom, but told here with a careful sense of reserve, and is an outstanding movie for the whole family. In 1793, after enduring three and a half years of persecution of the Church by the architects of the French Revolution, a small band of faithful peasants and nobles from the Vendee region of France began a Catholic “counter-revolution”. This is the unknown, heroic story of the valiant, six year struggle of the people of that small section of western France to restore their Holy Religion and their King. Steeped in the spiritual influence of St. Louis de Montfort, and wearing their rosaries and emblems of the Sacred Heart, their sacrifices resulted in countless martyrdoms, and ultimately won the restoration of religious freedom for all of France. This beautiful film is a love-letter to the Vendean people, and was produced to honor the memory of these brave men and women who willingly sacrificed their lives, “for God and King”. This wonderful film features stunning performances by the large, talented cast of young people, gorgeous cinematography, and a glorious original music score that will inspire audiences of all ages with its timeless themes of courage, faith, and love.


It sounds like a Catholic-themed movie that, while covering a violent era, is appropriate for a younger audience that should know about the history of their faith, and the dangers of a secular state imposing its will on others. Has anyone seen this yet?

Haven’t gotten a chance to see it yet but it’s on my list. The company behind it is Navis Pictures:
All the roles in their films are played by young kids. They’ve also made a film on the life of St. Bernadette, and they’re working on a Robin Hood film, told from a Catholic perspective.

Its pretty good, keeping in mind that its made by an apostolate for children. It watches like a top-notch school play, just shot on location instead of a stage.

I’d recommend it, especially as a way to introduce the very serious topic of persecution to your kids.

How very interesting. Thanks for the info:). I’ll look into it.

I’ll have to watch out for this. A beautiful part of France,I love how their flag celebrates their Catholic heritage.

Watched this tonight on EWTN. Loved it.

I haven’t seen the movie, but I read this book, which recounts the events of the Vendee Uprising. It is short a readable.

I saw the movie. For a cast of children, I thought it was very well done. My children loved it.

I saw it on DVD a couple of years ago, and was disappointed: beautiful cinematography, beautiful music… and awkward, wooden child actors playing all the roles. With skilled adult actors, it would have been a great film.

Father Zuhlsdorf published a good review, which includes a film trailer:

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