A beautiful forbidden love story between a young French widow and a Nazi occupier set against the tragic backdrop of WWII. I’m a sucker for a good sentimental war love story (e.g. “Atonement,” “From Here to Eternity,” etc.). This is a story of rebellion and love and doing what’s right in spite of the consequences. Great performances all around…Kristin Scott Thomas was great as the icy mother-in-law to Michelle Williams‘ young widow (she was great, by the way).
Margot Robbie was great as well as was the rest of the supporting cast. And the strikingly handsome Matthias Schoenaerts (who plays the Nazi love interest). And to top it off, this film also features my favorite German actor, Tom Schilling, who plays an asshole so well. I’m always fascinated by the stories with somewhat sympathetic characters that try to humanize the Nazis (please don’t misconstrue my sentiment…as a whole, Nazis were/are evil, despicable people who espouse hate and perpetrated some of the most heinous atrocities against their fellow mankind and had some f’ed up ideology).
But overall, this was a good movie, worth the watch. Currently streaming on Netflix.