A 25-year old precursor to "Sliding Doors" ( G Paltrow )
If you've seen and liked the English film "Sliding Doors" with Gwyneth Paltrow, then you'll like "L'Ironie du Sort" . The story is EXACTLY the same though the environment is different. In Ironie du Sort, there are two parallel stories, one in COLOUR, the other in BLACK AND WHITE. The difference is that Ironie du Sort takes place during the last war and is a story about the resistance movement. The main actor must smuggle information out of a German Camp, if he is seen by the guards, one suite of events occurs, if not a totally other sequence of events occurs. In one case, all the resistance movement is unmasked by the Nazis, in the other not etc etc. In Sliding Doors, it's the question of whether Paltrow misses or catches her tube train that decides the fate of things to come. I'm not going to relate the whole story but that's basically what it's about. In sliding doors, Paltrow's hairdo enables the spectator to know which story he or she's in. In L'Ironie du Sort, it's the colour or the black and white. The plot is very good and whilst I strongly doubt the film is known outside France, if you get the chance to see it, don't miss it. At present in France it is unfortunately unavailable on DVD or VHS which is a great pity.
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