Section: French Shoals
Directed by: Serge Bozon
Dir.: Serge Bozon
Autumn, 1917. Far off, world war is raging. Miles from the fighting, Camille (Sylvie Testud), a young woman, leads a life marked out by the news that her husband sends from the front. But one day she receives a note that ends their relationship. Distraught and determined to stop at nothing, she decides to disguise herself as a man to go and find him. In a forest she comes across a small group of soldiers who do not suspect her true identity. Camille follows them, embarks on a new life and as, the days and nights pass, discovers what she could never have imagined, what her husband had never told her and what her new companions will avoid revealing to her: France.
“Serge Bozon’s low-budget feature is that rarity: a war movie with no war scenes. Alternatively, it is a love story with no love scenes that happens to take place in a war zone. The war itself is present only in the form of periodic outbreaks of explosions or the thunder of remote gunfire. Four Germans are seen riding on horseback at a distance but are not engaged. Incidents are few… the unnamed men are discussing recipes around the campfire or the mythical sunken world of Atlantis. They also, four points int he film, break into song, confirming the spectator’s mounting suspicion that the war and Camille’s quest stand for something deeper.” (Bernard Besserglik)
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