2004 by Tony Medley
(Emmanuelle Beart) is an unhappy young mother of two children, 13
year-old Phillipe (Grťgoire
Leprince-Ringuet), and his eight-year-old sister, Cathy (Clťmence
Meyer). While fleeing the Nazi invasion of Paris in 1940, German
fighters strafe their procession and they are stranded in the
countryside. A strange drifter, 17-year-old Yvan (Gaspard Ulliel) helps
them and they follow him.
follows is a slow, boring tale that seems to have little premise and no
point. I was mightily disappointed. Unless you like watching grass grow,
I canít imagine anyone being entertained by this. Odile is unhappy and
lifeless, except for one lovemaking scene with Yvan that seems to come
out of nowhere.
does present a picture of the despair faced by ordinary people in the
face of Nazi aggression in World War II. Poor Odile and her children are
left with just the clothes on their backs. The German fighters strafe
and bomb defenseless civilians. No wonder Odile is so unhappy. Iím
sorry they couldnít have come up with a story that was at least mildly
interesting. But this is just Odile and her family and Yvan surviving
for a few days, and thatís it.
thereís a mystery about Yvan as he canít read and heís odd and we
don't know who he is or what he's about. But itís not enough to carry
the movie, and it doesnít.
Donít waste your time.
You wonít regret not seeing this. In French with subtitles.