KING OF HEARTS

Directed by Phillipe de Broca
US release date: August 25, 2017

In the latter days of World War I, German occupying forces retreat from the town of Marville, France, after planning to destroy the village with a secret bomb set to go off when the figure of a knight on the town's clock tower strikes the midnight gong. The townspeople get wind of this and flee in panic, alerting the Allied forces. Private Charles Plumpick, a gentle young Scotsman who cares only for poetry and his carrier pigeons, is sent to investigate. What he finds in Marville are the inmates of the town's asylum, who take to the streets, houses, and shops and create their own eccentric community. Plumpick is declared "King of Hearts" by the lunatics and finds himself caught up in their lives while trying to find and defuse the bomb. In the course of his adventure, he falls for a pretty young inmate and soon begins to realize that the world of these so-called "mad" people is far preferable to the "sane" societies that wage meaningless war on each other.


KING OF HEARTS (Le roi de coeur)
Directed by: Phillipe de Broca
Screenplay by: Daniel Boulanger and Maurice Bessy
Starring: Alan Bates, Geneviève Bujold, Pierre Brasseur, Jean-Claude Brialy, Françoise Christophe, Julien Guiomar, Micheline Presle, and Michel Serrault
Runtime: 1h42 mins

> Opens August 25 in Los Angeles at Laemmle Theatres.

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