Original / alternative title: La mer a l’aube
Running time: 90 minutes
Language: French / German
The film is set during World War II, in 1941. In France, the German occupation lasts, struggling with her French Resistance. One day in Nantes, they kill a Wehrmacht officer, commandant of the city Karl Holtz. Hitler demands in retaliation shooting 150 Frenchmen. After negotiations with the occupiers number of people sentenced to death shall be reduced to 50 French prisoners held at the camp in Chateubrient. But should they choose what to do by French gendarmes from the camp. Among the chosen is a 17-year-old Guy Moquet, who offended the Nazis hopping leaflets from the balcony of the Paris cinema. The boy before his execution he writes a farewell letter, which many years later will become in French schools required reading.
It is a war film, which is based on the writings of the German officer and writer Ernst JĂĽnger and farewell list of prisoners sentenced to death. The film is a tribute to the victims of this event, and Guy Moquet became one of the symbols of the French Resistance. The film is a bit dull, much of the discussion shows life in France under German occupation, but compared even with the German occupation in Poland was almost idyll.
Our rating: 5.2 / 10
Film value: 4 / 10
Realism factor: 4 / 5
Adventure factor: 1 / 5
Historical accuracy factor: 4 / 5
War films are not always showing the war per se - often the main theme is the influence of the conflict on lives of people involved, but also their families and friends. War is seldom a local thing - the trauma, the pain, the death they put their mark on people from around the world.
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