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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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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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Forced 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

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:

€15,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 2006, Variety reported that Universal Pictures had acquired the rights to Irène Némirovsky's novel Suite Française. Ronald Harwood was set to write the screenplay, with Kathleen Kennedy' and Frank Marshall producing the film. In 2007, French company TF1 Droits Audiovisuels acquired the rights to the novel from publisher Éditions Denoël. The novel was then adapted for the screen by Saul Dibb and Matt Charman, with Dibb directing. 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

Madeleine Labarie: My father always said, if you want to see what people are truly made of, start a war.
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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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Das ist Berlin
Composed by Leo Leux and Matthias Perl
Lyrics by Hans Hannes and Bruno Balz
Performed by Oskar Joost Orchester feat. Heyn Quartet
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During war time sacrifices have to be made. Some have to do with our private space, some with our personal space too. All dig into our personal life and depending on the person invading (pun somewhat intended) it will lead to different results. So we may be inclined to paint every Nazi as a bad person or just a demon/devil without any depth or sympathy for that person.

This movie does try to delve deeper into it and tell a bit of a different story. War is hard on everybody and depending on how your character is developed you'll make decisions that can be qualified as good or bad, be it in hindsight or just judging at the moment. The drama part does work and there are no easy solutions if any at all. Not an easy but an uncomfortable viewing experience which is exactly what it was meant to be


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