On a retrouvé la 7ème compagnie !
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French army's seventh company experiences severe setback during world war 2 when it gets separated from other members of the army.They disguise as army officers to escape death when they are... Read allFrench army's seventh company experiences severe setback during world war 2 when it gets separated from other members of the army.They disguise as army officers to escape death when they are caught by German soldiers.French army's seventh company experiences severe setback during world war 2 when it gets separated from other members of the army.They disguise as army officers to escape death when they are caught by German soldiers.
Here, in the tradition of The Empire Strikes Back, or Godfather Part II, and all the great sequels, it builds upon the solid foundations of the first movie, and also expands them in scale and in scope. Not only does it do everything the first one did right but it also introduces new elements that give this film an even deeper meaning, yet always remaining a light-hearted comedy.
The first film, goofy comedy about three bumbling soldiers that get cut-off behind enemy lines, was foremost a critique of the French Army, and of the official established narrative. One element that was not absent but underdeveloped was the social commentary. It is very brief but the movie implied a social distance between the silver-spooned handsome young aviator Lieutenant and the blue-collar middle-aged foot-soldiers.
This film unabashedly leans into this theme, exploits it fully, and it is magnificent. The movie is an total indictment against the officer corps, both French and German to a certain extent. It is an indictment of the class structure of the officer corps, of the arrogance and self-image of the French Army and the utter incompetence of the higher-ups. Yet, it also shows the injustice in war and how not everyone bears these fateful consequences equally. It shows that even in the face of resounding defeat the officers do not acknowledge responsibility or express regret. And, it shows that whatever happens they are still treated with respect and dignity, while the soldiers they led to defeat are mercilessly treated by the Germans. This film is a metaphorical ass whooping on the French Army cadre that led the country to a resounding defeat. It is funnier, and more impactful than any history book. It is more effective than Paths of Glory. It is complete and definitive because it is shown through every angle.
Tonally, and structurally the movie remains the same as previously. The comedy and the slapstick humour is the main focus and the scenes are built around jokes and funny situations. Also the story is told through a series of semi-independent vignettes of encounters with various "stereotypes". We also get this time some things that the first one had glossed over like the nymphomaniac that sleeps with the enemy, the strong-willed widow and so on. The picture is less complete, or all-encompassing compared to the first one, but it still works in portraying a French society in the early phases of occupation and the various issues it arises.
Separately these movies are not necessarily worthy of attention, but as a series it is very engaging and a wonderful example of the power of cinema. Because it is clear and so pure in its storytelling and so confident with the force of its argument.
- Mar 5, 2021