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L'instinct de l'ange (1993)

WW1:Henry was declared unfit for service (on health grounds :TB);but he did not take no for an answer.

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Richard Dembo

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lambert Wilson ... Henry
François Cluzet ... Ernest Devrines
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Colonel Édouard
Hélène Vincent ... La mère d'Henry / Henry's Mother
Marianne Denicourt ... Léa
Sandrine Kiberlain ... Pauline
Bernard Ballet Bernard Ballet ... Pechereau
Antoine Basler Antoine Basler ... Guerber
Jacques Bourgaux Jacques Bourgaux ... L'oncle
Philippe Demarle Philippe Demarle
Pierre Dherte Pierre Dherte ... Du Rouvre
Luc Lavandier Luc Lavandier ... Du Faye
Redjep Mitrovitsa Redjep Mitrovitsa
Pascal Pistacio Pascal Pistacio ... Marceau
Hubert Saint-Macary Hubert Saint-Macary ... Capitaine Georges (as Hubert St. Macary)
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Henry was stifling in his wealthy bourgeois milieu;In 1914,and we would feel the Union Sacrée (united front presented by the French against the enemy in 1914) when ,Learning that the war was declared,the characters broke into "La Marseillaise".Many French thought that the war would be short and they would take over the Alsace and the Lorraine . Those who were not drafted ,enlisted en Masse. Such was Henry's case.But he was declared unfit for service (on health grounds :TB)and it was a supreme humiliation ,considering the zeitgeist. So he decided he would be a fight pilot .He was so brilliant an aviator that he was finally enlisted in the Air force. Written by dbdumonteil

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France | Belgium | Switzerland

Language:

French

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27 January 1993 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Angel's Wing See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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7 November 2014 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The precedent user did not like the movie because he is an aviation buff.If you are looking for this kind of film ,you must move on.

It's closer to psychological drama ;in spite of the unquestionable talent of the lead (Lambert Wilson) and the quality of the supporting cast (Jean-Louis Trintignant,his late daughter Marie in a small part,Daniel Auteuil ,Helene Vincent),it does not really convince ;the script is not tight enough and the lines lack emotion ,particularly the hero's frames of mind told in the letters he sends to his mother who read them (voice over).

Henry is stifling in his wealthy bourgeois milieu;it's 1914,and we can feel the Union Sacrée (united front presented by the French against the enemy in 1914) in the scene when ,Learning that the war is declared,the characters break into "La Marseillaise".This unity began to deteriorate in 1917,but at the beginning of the war,many French thought the war would be short and they would take over the Alsace and the Lorraine . Those who were not drafted ,enlisted en masse.

Such is henry's case.But he was declared unfit for service (on health grounds :TB)and it was a supreme humiliation ,considering the zeitgeist. So he decided he would be a fight pilot .He is so brilliant an aviator that he's finally enlisted in the Air force.

Henry wanted to be the best of the best .Unfortunately,He is too good for his own good.Unlike the other pilots,he does not go to the brothels when he is on furlough and his mates laugh at him and call him names ("he must be a catholic virgin lad")His Superior too thinks it's better to let well alone and that he demoralizes his squadron:the others do not want to fly with him because "he brings bad luck"

Hence the title :"instinct of the angel" ;but angel of death to some. Henry lives in another world,even in another era ,which may explain the "duel" ,which in 1914 was already becoming a thing of the past(although it was not yet forbidden:for the record ,in France the last duel took place in 1967!)

The final duel is impressive ,but you do not really see the tempers rise ;this grandiose finale looks like it has just been tacked onto the rest of the film .This ambitious subject needed a more ambitious director.


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