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This edition: La France (France, 2007)



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Episode Details

First aired: October 27, 2018.

(France, 2007, in French in Frenchw/English subtitles, Drama | Musical | Romance | War)
Directed by Serge Bozon; written by Axelle Ropert; music by Medhi Zannad and Benjamin Esdraffo, with lyrics by Mr. Bozon; produced by David Thion.
Stars: Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggo

French farm girl Camille (Sylvie Testud) is awaiting news of her husband (the late Guillaume Depardieu), who is fighting at the front. After she receives an enigmatic letter ending their relationship, she dresses up as a boy and joins a wandering regiment in search of her estranged love. Skirting the edges of battlefields, the platoon haunts the screen like shell-shocked specters, awakening for four uncannily beautiful musical numbers played on homemade string instruments. The tunes are disarmingly catchy 60s pop, an attempt to imagine utopia in the midst of hell.

Discussion Guest: David Gerstner, The College of Staten Island CUNY.

Guest List

David Gerstner Professor of Cinema Studies and Chair of the Department of Media Culture, College of Staten Island/CUNY