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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jimg2000
Feb 03, 2018

This script was about many things that upended the French village households without able-body men during the German occupation. As much of the Nazi atrocities shown or implied were playing out in other parts of Europe and world during WW II, this film stood out for the character study of the refined German officer who took covert actions or inaction to protect the dignity and safety of French villagers. War was unbearable as well for those who chose to be decent over blind patriotism. More extraordinary was the background story of the author and how the book was discovered.

Recent similar non-combat humanitarian WWII movies:
Alone in Berlin 2017 ★★★
Phoenix 2016 (German) ★★★★

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BritCrimeDramaFan
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.

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voisjoe1_0
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.

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miaone
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.

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IV27HUjg
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.

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downsman
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.

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firefly5
Oct 25, 2016

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

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re_discover
Sep 30, 2016

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

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empbee
Apr 30, 2016

A good movie with good acting.

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jimg2000
Feb 03, 2018

PARIS, JUNE THE 3rd 1940 BUSSY, CENTRAL FRANCE
A WEEK LATER
It began with a storm in June. In the days before, German bombs had fallen on the outskirts of Paris for the first time. Terrified people were fleeing the city any way they could. But deep in the countryside the war still felt far away and I remained pre-occupied with the one I was already fighting, much closer to home.
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My mother-in-law, Madame Angellier, refused to accept the prospect of defeat, even as the first refugees from Paris started to arrive. Three years before, I'd married her precious son at my father's insistence and moved to Bussy. With Gaston away fighting, she felt I should learn how to run his properties. So every month we visited our tenants, on a Sunday, because Madame knew the farmers would be home.

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jimg2000
Feb 03, 2018

Brethren of Bussy, a great tragedy has befallen our nation. Millions have fled their homes, many thousands have lost their lives and the fate of a whole generation of brave young men still remains unknown. Only God knows what's in store for all of us and the country that we can no longer call our own. We must hold firm together. hold firm together. We must put aside anything that will divide us from our neighbour. We must unite into one being, one family under God.
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Be careful... with your life.
-Is it precious to you?
Yes. It is precious to me.
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What's French for bribery Bonnet?
-I'd prefer you consider them a gift.
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The dog isn't mine. We found him in an abandoned village. At least he's a Frenchman. May I' ... Your house is beautiful, Madame.
-It isn't mine. It's my mother-in-law's.
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Your mother-in-law moved her and her parents into a barn. Then she put a refugee from Paris into their home and doubled the rent.

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jimg2000
Feb 03, 2018

I'm supposed to be the one everyone's afraid of. But she could easily scare the plague away.
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How did you become a soldier?
-I'm from a military family. It was expected of us. My brothers and I signed up on the same day.
Your brothers, where are they?
-One was killed in Poland. Another one in Normandy. The youngest has just left for Africa.
People shouldn't be sacrificed like this. I mean none of us.
- I can't think like that. Questioning only makes things more difficult.
-Do you believe in the war?
Let's say I believe in the communal spirit. None of us like to admit it, single actions on their own don't mean anything.
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The piece you keep playing... I don't recognise it.
- You wouldn't.
I've studied music, you know.
- Not this.
You wrote it.
-I was a composer before the war, when I first got married.
You're married?
- I've been married four years. And a soldier four years.
She must miss you.
-No, not really. Not anymore.

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jimg2000
Feb 03, 2018

"Monsieur Acar is a communist, a liar and a homosexual." "The refugee at mass pretends to be a Catholic when she really...is a dirty Jew." What are they?
-They are from your neighbours. They were waiting for us at the Town Hall when we arrived.
They're gossip. Nothing more. They are just people settling old scores. They should be burned.
-If I had my way, they would. My Major has ordered me. It is my job to read them.
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Oh, it's alright for you. All I do is work. If I didn't have love... I don't care where he was born. They're human, just like us, and they didn't throw my family out of their home. You did that.
-That was my mother-in-law. It's not me.
Open your eyes, Lucile. Our men are no better than them. Some of them are much worse. Ask your officer. He knows. Ask him what he's read in those letters.

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jimg2000
Feb 03, 2018

-What brings you back from the Free Zone, Madame?
My son died in Normandy as the Germans advanced. I just received permission to visit his grave.
-I'm sorry to hear. How are things in Lyon?
Bad.
-At least you don't have a German living in your house.
Yes. I heard about your officer. He's friendly?
-I won't have anything to do with him, but Lucile does, (turned to Lucile) don't you?
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Don't lecture me about morality. You weren't so sensitive when we were rounding up prisoners with orders to shoot the stragglers.
-I didn't shoot any of them.
But I did. With delight too. And you never said a word.
-We were at war.
We still are, Lieutenant.

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jimg2000
Feb 03, 2018

Hardly a word of our true feelings had ever been spoken. Not a single word about love. After the war I heard that Bruno had died. But maybe he just disappeared, like me.
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I had told myself they're just like us after all, but they're not. We're a different species, irreconcilable, enemies forever.
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For three months we had lived alongside each other. Now there would be no more holding back. Let everyone else fight each other, hate each other. Just leave us in peace.
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So you're the one who's been stealing from us. You thief.
-What do you expect us to do? You traitors would see us starve.
How dare you speak to me like that.
-I'll speak to you how I like. I'm not the only one who comes here. We all do. And it's only going to get worse.
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What happens in there is indefensible. I have nothing in common with these people... The only person I've something in common with... is you.

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jimg2000
Feb 03, 2018

postscript:

Suite Française was written in secret as the Nazis occupied France. It was never completed. In 1942 its author Irene Nemirovsky was arrested for being Jewish and died in Auschwitz. Her handwritten manuscript lay unread in a suitcase for nearly sixty years until it was discovered by her daughter. Suite Francaise was finally published in 2004 and became a worldwide bestseller. The daughter is quoted to say: "It is an extraordinary feeling to have brought my mother back to life. It shows the Nazis did not truly succeed in killing her. It is not vengeance, but it is a victory." Denise Epstein-Dauple (DAUGHTER OF IRENE NEMIROVSKY)

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