Suite Francaise

Synopsis: France, 1940. In the first days of occupation, beautiful Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams) is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother-in-law (Kristin Scott Thomas) as they both await news of her husband: a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees start to pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers' own homes. Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts), the handsome and refined German officer staying with them. But soon, a powerful love draws them together and leads them into the tragedy of war.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Saul Dibb
Production: The Weinstein Company
  Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.0
Metacritic:
63
Rotten Tomatoes:
74%
Year:
2014
107 min
$1,304,622
280 Views


PARIS, JUNE THE 3rd 1940

BUSSY, CENTRAL FRANCE

A WEEK LATER:

It began with a storm in June.

In the days before, German bombs

had fallen on the outskirts

of Paris for the first time.

Terrified people were

fleeing the city any way they could.

But deep in the countryside the war

still felt far away

and I remained pre-occupied

with the one I was already fighting,

much closer to home.

- Are you not dressed yet?

- We'll be late.

- Do you really think we should go

out today? -Why ever not?

My mother-in-law,

Madame Angellier,

refused to accept

the prospect of defeat,

even as the first refugees

from Paris started to arrive.

Three years before, I'd married

her precious son

at my father's insistence

and moved to Bussy.

With Gaston away fighting,

she felt I should learn

how to run his properties.

So every month we visited

our tenants,

on a Sunday, because Madame knew

the farmers would be home.

Don't make any noise. That way you

see how they really live.

She liked to catch them out.

I hated every minute of it.

- Have you heard anything

from your son? -No.

- Not for over a week. And you?

- No nothing from either of our boys.

People say Paris is going to fall.

People say a lot of things.

Luc?e?

Madame, it's a big farm and it's

been difficult without my brothers.

We'll put what they owe us down

to next month.

If I make any exceptions,

then Gaston wouldn't have a home

of his own to return to,

and then what

would he have been fighting for?

Come along, Lucile. Good morning.

They don't want to pay the rent,

but they don't think twice

about buying silk stockings for that

daughter of theirs. Did you see?

I know it seems harsh,

but if you show them any weakness,

they'll bleed you dry.

When Gaston comes home,

he'll see he has a wife

who knows what it is

to be a land...

Stop! Stop the car!

- We should turn back.

- No.

We've got potatoes to buy

and four more rents to collect.

Madman.

- Sack looks heavy.

- He can manage.

- How much do we owe you?

- Four francs.

Thank you.

There are more cars on the road.

From Paris.

My father always said,

"if you want to see what people

are truly made of you start a war."

What is this?

Go and see how long it goes on for.

Keep UP-

Keep UP-

Excuse me, Madame, I wouldn't ask

for me, but my wife's very tired.

We've walked all the way from Paris.

Could she rest in your car?

- Yes. Yes, yes, of course.

- Thanks.

Oh, Lord.

- Are those ours?

- Theirs, always theirs.

Anna!

Anna! Anna!

Thank you.

- Lucile.

- We need to get off the road.

Could you take us to

the nearest town?

Hey, you! Get away from my car!

Lucile. Get in the car.

When I tell you to do something,

you damn well do it.

Children!

So this was war.

Paris had suddenly descended

on Bussy.

Women and children escaping the

bombs, looking for food and shelter.

But the enemy

had followed them here.

Move!

Madame Perrin.

It's Lucile Angellier, Gaston's wife.

Get out of the damn way.

You've got to leave. They're coming.

ABANDONED PEOPLE,

TRUST THE GERMAN SOLDIER!

Frenchmen and Women!

In these painful times,

I think of the unfortunate

refugees who...

are streaming along our roads

totally stripped of all they own.

I offer them my compassion

and my solicitude.

It is with a breaking heart that I

tell you today

that we must stop

fighfing.

I have spoken with the enemy tonight

to ask him if he is ready...

to seek with us, among soldiers,

after battle

and with honour the means of putting

an end to the hostilities.

Fear had seized the town.

Rumours spread that a regiment

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Saul Dibb

Saul Dibb (born 1968) is an English director and screenwriter. His father is the documentary maker Mike Dibb. Born in London, England, Saul Dibb is a graduate of the University of East Anglia. He is best known for co-writing and directing Bullet Boy, for which he was nominated for the Douglas Hickox Award, The Line of Beauty, and The Duchess. In 2016, he directed the adaptation for BBC2 of Zadie Smith's bestselling novel NW into a 90-minute television film of the same name, starring Nikki Amuka-Bird and Phoebe Fox. Dibb directed a film adaptation of R. C. Sherriff's 1928 play Journey's End, which was released in 2017. This has been dubbed 'The best ever film about the Great War' by The Times. more…

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