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Winner of "Best Film Not in the English Language" at the 1990 BAFTA Film Awards.
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I thought it was a pretty good tale of trying to locate soldiers lost after the first world war. It certainly goes to show--once again--the idiocy and tragedy of war.
France after the Great War: Three main characters, Irène, Alice and the Major support the recount of how the regiments, and those left in search of the remains of their loved ones, bring resolution to their loss and recover the tattered mine filled land. We get a good historical and technical review of how they collected artifacts, belongings, matched identities with descriptions ... but the characters and their personal stories don't hold up on their own. Only near the end does Irène give a good anti-war, pro-feminist monologue. Alas, her stance remains only a thin point of view, not rising to a level of theme, among the political and historical narrative of the aftermath of the events.
Simply put, this is a great film, full of nuance and wonderful performances, and profound on many levels.
I saw this movie when it first came out years ago and it still haunts me with its solemn beauty. We owe so much to so many!
An anti war epic film of exceptional acting and depth of feeling.Somewhat slow moving but gives one time to reflect.
Tavernier took a very interesting subject: the missing in France's war and the travesty of looking for an 'unknown soldier', but let it get off the tracks a bit, in a love story between Noiret and a tiresome Sabine Azema.