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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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Saul Dibb

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Saul Dibb (screenplay), Matt Charman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Williams ... Lucile Angellier
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Madame Angellier
Margot Robbie ... Celine Joseph
Eric Godon ... Monsieur Joseph
Deborah Findlay ... Madame Joseph
Ruth Wilson ... Madeleine Labarie
Sam Riley ... Benoit Labarie
Vincent Doms ... Young Priest
Simon Dutton ... Maurice Michaud
Diana Kent Diana Kent ... Madame Michaud
Themis Pauwels Themis Pauwels ... Anna
Alexandra Maria Lara ... Leah
Nicolas Chagrin Nicolas Chagrin ... Father Bracelet
Clare Holman ... Marthe
Bernice Stegers ... Madame Perrin
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Storyline

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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Forces to host the enemy. Tormented by intruders. Tempted by desire. See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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UK | France | Canada | Belgium | USA

Language:

English | German | French | Latin

Release Date:

13 March 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Suite Francesa See more »

Filming Locations:

Hainaut, Belgium See more »

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Budget:

EUR15,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,337,930
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| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film is the fourth of five productions in which Matthias Schoenaerts played a soldier. He also played a soldier in The Emperor of Taste (2008) (a Belgian soldier in World War II); Tunnelrat (2008) (an Allied in World War One); Death of a Shadow (2012) (a Belgian soldier in World War One) and Disorder (2015) (a French soldier in Afghanistan). Schoenaerts also appeared in Black Book (2006) as a member of the Dutch Resistance in World War II. See more »

Goofs

When the Viscount is shot at close range sitting in a chair, he merely slumps. A dozen rounds would have knocked him clean over at the very least. See more »

Quotes

Lucile Angellier: Hardly a word of our true feelings had ever been spoken. Not a single word about love.
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Crazy Credits

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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Ode to Joy
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Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Anna on the recorder
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Deep, surprising and well done

Suite Française sounds like an overused plot that one can predict from a mile away but it's not. The story's not another version of Romeo and Juliet's impossible love. It's subtle, sweet, and smart because it makes you think - just a little bit don't worry - about morals, values, and ideologies our own and that of the ones we love. The film is about a blooming love story but a complicated one.

Lucile & Bruno's longing and desire for each other doesn't get frustrating or outrageously déjà vu, it only adds another flavor, to the many, in the film. It contrasts well with Celine's (Margot Robbie) lack of restraint on her urges. It begs the question on ideologies and desire, when do they impede each other? No one is just one dimensional in this film, you see the good, the bad, and questionable in every one. Ambivalence is the key word in this film, conflicting emotions and ideologies is in the center of this story.

The storytelling is just amazing, layered with subtlety and beauty, it carries you through every step of the way like musical notes played on the piano. The ensemble cast is great, all of the characters have some kind of layers to them, each of them memorable in their own way, without ever making the film crowded or hard to follow. Kristin Scott Thomas embodies the devotion her character has, Michelle Williams fits the role perfectly she has this quite strength that Lucile needs, and Matthias Schoenaerts really is the prince in the big bad wolf suit or vice versa.

Suite Française is a captivating and poignant story that has an equally emotive roots, the film surprised me. @wornoutspines


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