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Suite Française

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United Kingdom, France, Canada · 2015
1h 43m
Director Saul Dibb
Starring Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Matthias Schoenaerts, Sam Riley
Genre Drama, Romance, War

France, 1940. As a regiment of German soldiers takes up residence in villagers' own homes, Lucile anxiously awaits news of her husband, a prisoner of war. She initially tries to ignore Bruno, a handsome German officer staying with her. But soon, a powerful love draws them together and leads them into the tragedy of war.

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Total Film by

A much-admired text is respectfully brought to the screen in a film that nonetheless struggles under the burden of its war movie clichés.


Empire by Anna Smith

Sterling performances lift the occasionally soapy storyline in this semi-successful adaptation.


Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

The film is not without its problems – Michelle Williams is an elusive lead, and a wide array of characters come at the expense of depth – but it’s a knotty, thoughtful piece of work nonetheless.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Clumsy storytelling decisions, however, can’t entirely get in the way of a good story, and it’s when Suite francaise focuses on the simplest human dynamics of its yarn that it forges a sincere emotional connection.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

The central romance earns short shrift, with all these characters to service and all those story lines to get in. It doesn’t help that Williams’ Lucille doesn’t give herself over to the passion and never quite sells us this “relationship.” Schoenaerts broods over just what he might be putting on the line, but Williams is so cool that we don’t buy into the risks taken.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

Well-played and divertingly handsome, it’s one of those pedigreed visions of love and war which backs away from specifics, reassuring us almost to death with its lavish craft. It’s thoroughly easy to sit through, when it should probably have been harder.

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