A warrior leaves home to fight in the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453) between France and England. Before his departure, he gives his 10-year-old son, François, a sword to safeguard his ...
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A warrior leaves home to fight in the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453) between France and England. Before his departure, he gives his 10-year-old son, François, a sword to safeguard his mother and her virtue. One day, after the boy opens a bedroom door to find his mother willingly submitting to a man, he uses the sword to kill the man and becomes traumatized with guilt and enmity toward his mother. Years later, he must go off to war as a chevalier, or knight. While he is away, his daughter, the gentle and loving Béatrice, sees to the needs of her little brother and her feckless mother. Although the castle in which they live is a sepulcher of shadows and stone, she maintains her spirits as she looks forward to the day when her father's voice will once again echo in the corridors. After four years of war in which he was held captive for a time by the English, he returns to the castle, a hardened warrior who has renounced God. Inside his twisted mind, he still carries the memory of that ...Written by
Set in Medieval France, La Passion Beatrice explores the coming of age of a young woman. The film is very bright and colorful, in contrast to the dark themes. The brightness works well to maintain the outlook of youth, of hope, of optimism in the face of the meanness of middle age life. In contrast to the brightness of Beatrice is the darkness of her war hero father who has become a vicious bandit manor lord.
Quite strong, even if a fairly repulsive story.
Watch this once on video with the subtitles covered so you can concentrate on the imagery.
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