"Carola" is from a story written by Jean Renoir. According to IMDb, he was set to direct this film for Public Television but fell ill and it had to be passed on to another director, the producer Norman Lloyd. Among its stars are Leslie Caron and Mel Ferrer and it is a relatively low-budget film that looks a lot like a play--which I assume it was first.
The story is set in a playhouse in occupied France during WWII. The boss of the theater wants his employees to be very nice to the German officer (Ferrer) who will be visiting them soon. That's because he has the authority to close the theater if he wants--and keeping him happy is extremely important. This causes a problem for Caron's character, Corolla, as she once had a romance with this man--and who knows what will happen when they meet again.
To confuse matters, some Gestapo men are seen in the theater. They are tailing a young man--the same young man who idolizes Carola and suddenly shows up at her dressing room. He is apparently with the Free French and Carola and her maid hide him. Then, suddenly, the General arrives--and the Free Frenchman is actually hiding within the dressing room! After a while, the General spots the hiding man--and instead of arresting or shooting him, the two just sit and talk and talk...and talk. Later, inexplicably, the General even hides the man from the Gestapo!! WHY?!?! And, what happens next?! Despite being a fan of Caron and wanting to love this because it was written by the great Renoir, I couldn't help but think that occasionally the acting was a bit rough and the script was very talky. Perhaps this might work well on stage, but on film this and the lack of incidental music make for a film that is very static. In addition, I couldn't help but think that a German general hiding his enemy made no sense at all...none. To me, this was a noble effort, but one that ultimately failed to deliver the goods--despite Caron and Ferrer being quite good. It wasn't terrible but could have been so much better.
By the way, as a retired history teacher, I couldn't help but notice many 1970s haircuts in the film. I wish they'd gotten the appropriate hair--it was such an easy thing to get correct.