At the end of World War II, a French pacifist is arrested for refusing to fight. In prison, he befriends a German priest arrested for murder of a French Resistance fighter. They discuss morality, obedience, and religion.
France, 1942. During the Nazi Occupation, the Ardennes falls in the "forbidden zone" between the German Occupied North and the Vichy governed South. Its inhabitants face starvation as ... See full summary »
Those were the dark hours of the Occupation in France .The sinister Gestapo was torturing prisoners -some of whom were still almost children-in a jail where a German priest was trying to ease their terrible pain.This man was a Franciscan Brother (hence the title) but he was above all a man for whom all are brothers .
This is German actor Hardy Kruger's lifetime part.He gives a restrained performance but he makes us feel his sympathy for these suffering people.As he is fluent in French,it's his voice we hear in this French movie.
Claude Autant- Lara ,who had tackled a highly topical subject at the beginning of the sixties (conscientious objection ,"tu ne tueras point"),made another courageous movie with "le Franciscain de Bourges":the French audience,twenty years after WW2,was perhaps not ready to learn that among devils there might have been good men.
This is a true story.It was filmed where the events happened.Hardy Kruger refused any fee for his extremely moving part of Alfred,a saint in a living hell.
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