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Suite Française (2014)

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During the early years of Nazi occupation of France in World War II, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams), a French villager, and Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts), a German soldier.

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France, 1940. In the first days of occupation, beautiful Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams) is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother-in-law (Kristin Scott Thomas) as they both await news of her husband: a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees start to pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers' own homes. Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts), the handsome and refined German officer staying with them. But soon, a powerful love draws them together and leads them into the tragedy of war. Written by Polly_Kat

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Trivia

Initially, Matthias Schoenaerts didn't want to accept the role of a Nazi officer because he had moral issues with the character, but he changed his mind after he read the book in which the film is based on and thought, "if the writer loves the character so much, then I have to allow myself to love him as well". See more »

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The comment citing the mentions in the film of French dying in Normandy as a factual error is wrong. The French and British were engaged in ferocious fighting with the Germans in Normandy in 1940, following the evacuation at Dunkirk. So the references in the film to Frenchmen dying in Normandy are in fact correct. See more »

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Lucile Angellier: Hardly a word of our true feelings had ever been spoken. Not a single word about love.
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The final credits initially play over what appears to be the original hand-written manuscript of the novel. See more »

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Featured in Projector: Home/Suite Française (2015) See more »

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De Temps en Temps
Music by Paul Misraki
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Josephine Baker
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An everyday story of collaboration and betrayal
14 March 2015 | by (Reading, UK) – See all my reviews

I was nearly put off going to see this after reading a few sneering reviews, which in retrospect appear to have been more an attempt by the critic to show off about their having read the novel than having actually anything to do with what's on screen.

Yes, the narration is a little heavy handed at times but ultimately necessary and the incongruous "When it comes to war you really find out what people are really like" early on felt like it was being trowelled out so we didn't miss it. Sure, it's not perfect but these are minor niggles not major flaws.

Thankfully, it isn't a boy invades village; girl falls in love; boy isn't as beastly as first thought kind of story. Life's more complicated than that. Where the film excels is that what you think of a character changes as the film progresses. There is no good German. There is no black and white collaboration. There are just people confronted with circumstances and how they react to them.

Michelle Williams brilliantly underplays her role which counteracts the clumsiness of the script in places, Matthias Schoenaerts is superb as the sensitive and conflicted man of war and the supporting cast excellent.

It's a little gem.


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