June 1940. The young soldier Laforêt unfortunately loses his regiment at a bend in the road. He tries to find his comrades, in vain. He then began to wander through the landscapes of Aveyron. His wanderings lead him to come across a whole gallery of singular characters...
The only feature film by director and producer Guy Cavagnac, Le Soldat Laforêt is an elegant anti-militarist fable with timeless charm. Through this atypical portrait of the French countryside, the filmmaker praises wandering and slowness by telling the story of this young soldier – formidable Roger Van Hool – who discovers the art of strolling. A tender and poetic work to discover for the first time on DVD and restored in High Definition.
PRIVATE LAFORÊT (1970 – Colors – 71 mins) new HD restoration / unreleased on DVD
SUPPLEMENTS . HOMECOMING (14 mins) Guy Cavagnac and Catherine Rouvel remember their meeting, Jean Renoir and the shooting of the film.
. A COUPLE FILM (7 mins) Catherine Delmas (editor) and Claude Delmas (screenwriter) recall their meeting with Guy Cavagnac and discuss the timeless sense of freedom of Soldat Laforêt .
. FOR A COUNTER-HISTORY OF CINEMA (7 mins) Christophe Gauthier, former curator of La Cinémathèque de Toulouse, talks about the importance of the conservation and restoration of regional cinema, of which Le Soldat Laforêt is a part.
. "LA VOTA" (1984 – Colors – 21 mn) a short film directed by Guy Cavagnac On the occasion of the annual festival of the village of Salles-Courbatiès, all generations meet in front of the camera to discuss what this moment of celebration means to them...
DVD 9 - NEW RESTORED MASTER French version Format 1.66 respected - 16/9 compatible 4/3 - Colors Film length: 96 mins
Released on September 7, 2016 in co-edition with the Cinémathèque de Toulouse