In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.
At the height of World War II, in turbulent 1942, the fearless Wing Commander, Max Vatan, lands on the desert dunes of Morocco to meet with the Parisian member of the French Resistance, Marianne Beauséjour. After an attempt to eliminate an elusive target during a suicide mission in the heart of Casablanca, Max and Marianne flee to England intent on starting a family soon; however, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion will burden their already difficult relationship, when Max receives a shocking call from the Secret Service Division. In disbelief--with a terrible task in his hands, and crushed under a devastating dilemma--Max must summon up the courage to seek for answers in the perilous streets of a bombarded London, regardless of the outcome. Now, amid duty and love, who shall live and who shall die?Written by
In Max's photo album, there is a wedding photo dated "24th October 1942", and then a photo of Max holding Ana dated "July 1943". This would mean that Marianne became pregnant right when they got married. After Ana's dramatic birth scene during an air raid, the movie picks up "One year later", which would be around Summer 1944. However, there are daffodils in the park next to the downed German bomber when Max and Marianne are having a picnic, which means it is actually early Spring. The budding leaves on the trees in the establishing shots do seem to indicate that it is more like Spring and not Summer 1944. In terms of preparations for the D-Day (which was in June 1944) and Max's supposed secret mission, Spring time would make more sense for the movie's timeline of events. Instead of "One year later", it would have been more accurate to say "About nine months later", "or "The next spring", or "Three months before D-Day..." See more »
You may have seen the preview for this movie; I would say that that does not fully prepare you for the actual movie. It is a movie that will appeal to adults, both men and women, and it includes romance, sacrifice, and plenty of action and spy hi jinks.
A very good script, with some great plot turns, and superior acting from both Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt in complex, challenging roles. My favorite bit: when they make love in a car in the Moroccan desert with a sandstorm going on all around them. It is a good metaphor for their love story in the midst of the great chaos of World War II. And it has a realistic feel, for the most part--for the sets in Casablanca (some good homage to the Bogart film, I would say also some Brando homage in parts of Pitt's performance), and the time back in the UK (second favorite bit is during a party in London). One does get the sense of the all-out effort demanded to win the war, something we do well to commemorate in these days when the last veterans of that most epic event in history are at death's door.
It is a Zemeckis film, from the school of film-making of Steven Spielberg, and that means your emotions are subject to the whim and whimsy of the director's manipulation. Sometimes you are aware of that, but oftentimes you are not, and that makes it better (than, say, Forrest Gump).
I will take the movie as a whole and suggest Oscar nominations for original screenplay and both leading roles.
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