A film by Saul Dibb
Cast: Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Matthias Schoenarts, Ruth Wilson, Margot Robbie, Sam Riley In 2004, two novels were published in a single volume under the title Suite Française. It is the journal belonging to Irène Némirovsky, a French Jew who wrote about the experience of living under Nazi occupation in wartime. Unfortunately there were to be 5 books publish but Iréne was murder in Auschwitz before she published the third book. Némirovsky’s daughter finally got the nerve to read her mother journal and the rest his history in the making.
Director Saul Dibb’s movie is the second novel and tells the story of a small village in France that finds itself under the german occupation. Lucille Angellier (Michelle Williams ) whose husband left to fight for France and may or may not be dead. She lives with her mother-in-law Madame Angellier (Scott-Thomas), a wealthy landowner despised by most of her poor tenants. Well she is a tough woman and wants her money don’t matter what no excuses. When the german takes over the village commander Bruno von Falk (Mattias Schoenarts) is assigned to stay at the Angellier’s home, much to the displeasure of Madame Angellier. Bruno and Lucille found that they have a love for classical music but soon fall in love with each other.
Thee is a great story well written and well filmed by Dibb. My mom actually sold an apartment to Kristin Scoot Thomas in Paris, she said she is a very nice woman who is also very smart. The affair is the center of the story here. Dibb shows here the tension when the german comes into the village people do not know what to expect and they are walking on egg shells. The middle class rooms over for the germans while the poor suffers a little more. The habitant of the village will do anything to save their own skin they even rat on each other. The poorer of the village struggles to fit in and starve. Some of them steal food form the rich. It is an emotional story her with a bit of romance going on but let’s not forget the atrocity of the war here. Of course there is other romances going on here. The cinematography is awesome in this film I love the village in France I have been in some of them already there are awesome and have a lot of history. Also I want to say here if you have a chance to see Un village Français the french series is about the occupation of a village. i al quiet fond of it. I think it is going to get the 7 seasons in 2016. If you get a chance to watch it do it is quiet good. Now back to the film there keep in mind it is loosely based on a true story. there is fictional element thrown in there.