Suite Française

Suite Française

DVD - 2015
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Based on the best-selling book by Irene Nemirovsky and set during the German occupation of France in the 1940's, Suite Francaise tells the story of Lucille Angellier as she awaits news from her husband, a prisoner of war. As Parisian refugees pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers' homes, Lucile's life is turned upside down - further complicated by the arrival of refined German officer, Bruno. A story of the power of love and the tragedy of war.
Publisher: [Canada] :, Entertainment One,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC SUI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda


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Jan 04, 2018

Allegiances are tested within the French town of Bussy, when Nazi officers are billeted in townspeople's homes, during the Nazi's invasion of France. Michelle Williams plays one such tenant whose husband is off fighting the Nazis, but houses a German lieutenant. Despite the circumstances, forbidden romance occurs, as both parties seek respite from the harsher reality surrounding them. This is a well-written and directed WWII story where class wars are accentuated within the greater conflict. The original manuscript for this story was discovered 60 years after it was written during the war.

Unlike the book which was heart wrenching and based on a true account of an escape from occupied Paris, this movie is drawn out and characters are shallow.
As mentioned below, this story is based on only 1 part of the actual published memoire.

Mar 05, 2017

Loosely based on an unfinished set of novels, unfinished and lost because the author was a Jewess executed in a German Nazi camp, we get a look at the complex nature of the relationship between a French town and the Nazi occupiers. Half-way through, I determined that the Nazi lieutenant was being played by Matthias Schoenaerts, one of my favorite actors from "Bullhead," "The Drop," "Far from the Madding Crowd," and "Rust and Bone." I suspect I didn't spot him because in this film he played a mild-mannered short-haired Nazi lieutenant who hated being looked upon as just another Nazi brute, whereas in "Bullhead" and "Rust and Bone" he played rather steroidal tough guys.

Feb 24, 2017

I've never seen Michelle Williams in another film, so I can't say if she can act. Surely there were French actors available who could have made the part believable. And Scott-Thomas in another look-how-awful-I-am part: yawn. However, the novel-based-on-truth is wonderful, and I encourage everyone to read it. But Nemirovsky's story takes my breath away. It was a thousand times more tragic than anything in this film. How would she have written about her own life and death, I wonder? In 1942, none of the French people, nor anyone outside the Nazi leadership, could have foretold the horror to come.

Jan 25, 2017

I didn't think it was brilliant, did not complete the book & agree in part with some of the reviews in that it did have a twist & I did not know it was based on actual events. Strange alliances are formed during war, often just to survive, often as these two young people find, love doesn't always arrive in a tidy wee package with a bow.

Scott-Thomas was scary as all get out, what a dreaded mother-in-law under normal circumstances, however, she finally displayed her humanity. Williams was just 'there'. Matthias did not shine as in Far From the Maddening Crowd. Actually, I prefer Captain Corelli's Mandolin in every aspect. Held my attention well enough, not worth a repeat for me.

Jan 08, 2017

Very much liked this film which explores the difficulties of life in an occupied country with sensitivity and a sometimes pleasingly unpredictable plot.

Oct 25, 2016

A sad, heartbreaking movie about war and love. Very good story and wonderful acting. I would watch this a second time.

Sep 30, 2016

For those of you who have read Némirovsky's book, the movie is based on part two- "Dolce" only.

Apr 30, 2016

A good movie with good acting.

Dec 01, 2015

Like K S Thomas, yet unfortunately, a French (and German) story cannot be told by the non-French cast. That's why the film The Reader cannot compare with the brilliant novel. Another film "A Promise" is bizarre enough to have a British cast and a French director to interpret a German story.

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